Butterfly Camouflage


Butterflies and their larva form an important part of the food chain and in order to ensure their survival they have adopted various means of camouflage and protection.

Butterfly camouflage

The variety of size, shape and colour of larvae is almost as great as that of the adult butterflies. Butterfly larvae are soft bodied, slow moving creatures, which make them very vulnerable to a wide range of predators. In order to assure an acceptable survival rate, the larvae have developed many different protective characteristics.

Caterpillar with branching spines for protection