Tuesday, 30 August 2011
Master of Disguises
The word 'disguise' for Illustration Friday brings to mind the tricks, patterns and colours used in nature to hide from predators.
I chose a butterfly to illustrate how cleverly animals and insects disguise themselves. Sometimes they hide from sight, blending in with leaves, wood or rocks, others make themselves conspicious hoping to scare off or deter a predator. Many species of butterflies are marked with ocelli or false eyes which can mimic a larger animal or divert the attack away from the butterfly's body. It's better to have the tip of a wing pecked off rather than your head if you are attacked by a hungry bird