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Copycats sometimes to finish ahead! In the wild some animals find it helpful to mimic their surroundings or other animals to survive. Check out these stunning examples - moths whose wing markings look like unappetizing flies, caterpillars that look like snake heads and frogfish that blend so perfectly with the sponges they inhabit that they can easily ambush their prey! See if you can detect the katydids that look like living leaves and hunting spiders that blend in perfectly with their ant prey...
Ant-mimic Crab Spider (Amyciaea lineatipes), ant mimic, Danum Valley Conservation Area, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia
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00572559 Ant-mimic Crab Spider (Amyciaea lineatipes), ant mimic, Danum Valley Conservation Area, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia© Paul Bertner
Brown Leaf Mantis (Deroplatys truncata) male camouflaged on leaf, Bukit Sarang Conservation Area, Bintulu, Borneo, Malaysia  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00451100 Brown Leaf Mantis (Deroplatys truncata) male camouflaged on leaf, Bukit Sarang Conservation Area, Bintulu, Borneo, Malaysia© Chien Lee
Katydid (Cycloptera speculata) mimicking leaf, Yasuni National Park, Amazon Rainforest, Ecuador  -  Pete Oxford
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00476127 Katydid (Cycloptera speculata) mimicking leaf, Yasuni National Park, Amazon Rainforest, Ecuador© Pete Oxford
Katydid (Tettigoniidae) camouflaged in leaf litter, Yasuni National Park, Amazon Rainforest, Ecuador  -  Pete Oxford
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00476151 Katydid (Tettigoniidae) camouflaged in leaf litter, Yasuni National Park, Amazon Rainforest, Ecuador© Pete Oxford
Planthopper (Ricaniidae) mimicking the veination of leaves, Papua New Guinea  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00477065 Planthopper (Ricaniidae) mimicking the veination of leaves, Papua New Guinea© Piotr Naskrecki
Leaf Insect (Phyllium sp) leaf mimic, New Britain, Papua New Guinea  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00479057 Leaf Insect (Phyllium sp) leaf mimic, New Britain, Papua New Guinea© Piotr Naskrecki
Mantid (Popa sp) mimicking branch, Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00496579 Mantid (Popa sp) mimicking branch, Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique© Piotr Naskrecki
Katydid (Leptoderes ornatipennis) female mimicks leaf, Gunung Penrissen, Borneo, Malaysia  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00518992 Katydid (Leptoderes ornatipennis) female mimicks leaf, Gunung Penrissen, Borneo, Malaysia© Chien Lee
Mantid (Mantidae) mimicking grass, Agumbe Rainforest Research Station, Western Ghats, India  -  Thomas Marent
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00544079 Mantid (Mantidae) mimicking grass, Agumbe Rainforest Research Station, Western Ghats, India© Thomas Marent
Grasshopper (Chorotypus sp) mimicking leaf, Malaysia  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00551638 Grasshopper (Chorotypus sp) mimicking leaf, Malaysia© Chien Lee
Fantastic Leaf-tail Gecko (Uroplatus phantasticus) male camouflaged with juvenile on branch, Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar
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00571906 Fantastic Leaf-tail Gecko (Uroplatus phantasticus) male camouflaged with juvenile on branch, Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar© Paul Bertner
Walking Leaf (Phylliidae) mimicking leaf in cloud forest, Cameron Highlands, Malaysia  -  Thomas Marent
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00450239 Walking Leaf (Phylliidae) mimicking leaf in cloud forest, Cameron Highlands, Malaysia© Thomas Marent
Looper Moth (Geometridae) caterpillar camouflaged on branch, Mindo, Ecuador
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00571988 Looper Moth (Geometridae) caterpillar camouflaged on branch, Mindo, Ecuador© Paul Bertner
Ant-mimicking Jumping Spider (Myrmarachne sp), Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, Antananarivo, Madagascar
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00572329 Ant-mimicking Jumping Spider (Myrmarachne sp), Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, Antananarivo, Madagascar© Paul Bertner
Ant-mimic Bug (Hyalymenus sp) nymph mimicking ant, a true bug of the Heteroptera suborder, Guanacaste, Costa Rica  -  Ingo Arndt
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00762582 Ant-mimic Bug (Hyalymenus sp) nymph mimicking ant, a true bug of the Heteroptera suborder, Guanacaste, Costa Rica© Ingo Arndt
Hornet Moth (Sesia apiformis), a hornet mimic, Europe  -  Ingo Arndt
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00762708 Hornet Moth (Sesia apiformis), a hornet mimic, Europe© Ingo Arndt
Velvet Ant (Pristomutilla sp) with its mimic, the Corinnid Sac Spider (Graptartia granulosa), Udzungwa Mountains National Park, Tanzania
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00572530 Velvet Ant (Pristomutilla sp) with its mimic, the Corinnid Sac Spider (Graptartia granulosa), Udzungwa Mountains National Park, Tanzania© Paul Bertner
Leaf Butterfly (Kallima paralekta) camouflaged in leaf litter, southern Asia  -  Ingo Arndt
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00762750 Leaf Butterfly (Kallima paralekta) camouflaged in leaf litter, southern Asia© Ingo Arndt
Dead-leaf Moth (Oxytenis modestia) group camouflaged in leaf litter, Mindo Cloud Forest, western slope of Andes, Ecuador  -  Pete Oxford
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00447649 Dead-leaf Moth (Oxytenis modestia) group camouflaged in leaf litter, Mindo Cloud Forest, western slope of Andes, Ecuador© Pete Oxford
Buff-tip (Phalera bucephala) moth mimicking branch  -  Stephen Dalton
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00771139 Buff-tip (Phalera bucephala) moth mimicking branch© Stephen Dalton
Orchid Mantis (Hymenopus coronatus) female mimicking a pink flower, Malaysia  -  Thomas Marent
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00785426 Orchid Mantis (Hymenopus coronatus) female mimicking a pink flower, Malaysia© Thomas Marent
Walking Leaf (Phylliidae) insect mimicking leaf, Crater Mountain, Papua New Guinea  -  Thomas Marent
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00785434 Walking Leaf (Phylliidae) insect mimicking leaf, Crater Mountain, Papua New Guinea© Thomas Marent
Merlet's Scorpionfish (Rhinopias aphanes) camouflage mimics Sea Fans and Crinoids of its coral reef habitat, Papua New Guinea  -  Norbert Wu
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00977151 Merlet's Scorpionfish (Rhinopias aphanes) camouflage mimics Sea Fans and Crinoids of its coral reef habitat, Papua New Guinea© Norbert Wu
True Bug (Pephricus sp) pair, insect mimics plant as camouflage, South Africa  -  Michael & Patricia Fogden
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00510554 True Bug (Pephricus sp) pair, insect mimics plant as camouflage, South Africa© Michael & Patricia Fogden
Fantastic Leaf-tail Gecko (Uroplatus phantasticus) female mimicking wilting leaf, Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar
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00565935 Fantastic Leaf-tail Gecko (Uroplatus phantasticus) female mimicking wilting leaf, Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar© Chien Lee
Banded King Shoemaker (Prepona demophon) catterpillar anterior body expanded to expose false eye spots and mimic snake, note eggs of parasitic Tachinid fly, rainforest, Costa Rica  -  Michael & Patricia Fogden
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00510983 Banded King Shoemaker (Prepona demophon) catterpillar anterior body expanded to expose false eye spots and mimic snake, note eggs of parasitic Tachinid fly, rainforest, Costa Rica© Michael & Patricia Fogden
Leaf Insect (Phyllium sp) displaying tail showing false eyespots, Crater Mountain, Papua New Guinea  -  Thomas Marent
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00454235 Leaf Insect (Phyllium sp) displaying tail showing false eyespots, Crater Mountain, Papua New Guinea© Thomas Marent
Indian Leaf Butterfly (Kallima paralekta) mimicking dead leaf, England  -  Stephen Dalton
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00482568 Indian Leaf Butterfly (Kallima paralekta) mimicking dead leaf, England© Stephen Dalton
Dead-leaf Mantid (Deroplatys trigonodera) mimicking dead leaf, Gunung Gading National Park, Malaysia  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00451091 Dead-leaf Mantid (Deroplatys trigonodera) mimicking dead leaf, Gunung Gading National Park, Malaysia© Chien Lee
Asian Horned Frog (Megophrys nasuta) female, Gunung Penrissen, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia
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00565846 Asian Horned Frog (Megophrys nasuta) female, Gunung Penrissen, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia© Chien Lee
Prominent Moth (Nystalea aequipars) caterpillar mimicking lizard in defensive posture, Septimo Paraiso Cloud Forest Reserve, Mindo, Ecuador
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00556214 Prominent Moth (Nystalea aequipars) caterpillar mimicking lizard in defensive posture, Septimo Paraiso Cloud Forest Reserve, Mindo, Ecuador© James Christensen
Walking Stick insect camouflaged as lichen, Costa Rica  -  Michael & Patricia Fogden
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00511685 Walking Stick insect camouflaged as lichen, Costa Rica© Michael & Patricia Fogden
Katydid (Tettigoniidae) camouglaged against leaves, Costa Rica
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00572237 Katydid (Tettigoniidae) camouglaged against leaves, Costa Rica© Paul Bertner
Lichen Katydid (Markia hystrix) disguised on Beard Lichen (Usnea sp) on which it feeds, cloud forest, Costa Rica  -  Michael & Patricia Fogden
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00511003 Lichen Katydid (Markia hystrix) disguised on Beard Lichen (Usnea sp) on which it feeds, cloud forest, Costa Rica© Michael & Patricia Fogden
Katydid (Cycloptera speculata) mimicking green leaf, Guyana  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00298527 Katydid (Cycloptera speculata) mimicking green leaf, Guyana© Piotr Naskrecki
Green Tree Ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) group on top of leaf with Ant-mimicking Jumping Spider (Myrmarachne sp) hiding underneath, Sri Lanka  -  Mark Moffett
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00095172 Green Tree Ant (Oecophylla smaragdina) group on top of leaf with Ant-mimicking Jumping Spider (Myrmarachne sp) hiding underneath, Sri Lanka© Mark Moffett
Ant-mimicking Jumping Spider (Myrmarachne sp) on left, count the eight legs, with two ants on the right  -  Mark Moffett
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00095174 Ant-mimicking Jumping Spider (Myrmarachne sp) on left, count the eight legs, with two ants on the right© Mark Moffett
Moth (Gastropacha quercifolia) mimicking leaf, Bulgaria  -  Konrad Wothe
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00453575 Moth (Gastropacha quercifolia) mimicking leaf, Bulgaria© Konrad Wothe
Treehopper (Umbonia sp) group, Mapari, Rupununi, Guyana  -  Pete Oxford
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00447461 Treehopper (Umbonia sp) group, Mapari, Rupununi, Guyana© Pete Oxford
Froghopper (Cercopidae) with wing markings mimicking a jumping spider  -  Mark Moffett
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00099185 Froghopper (Cercopidae) with wing markings mimicking a jumping spider© Mark Moffett
Bird-dropping Crab Spider (Phrynarachne decipiens) mimicking scat both visually and by smell, Bau, Malaysia  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00451148 Bird-dropping Crab Spider (Phrynarachne decipiens) mimicking scat both visually and by smell, Bau, Malaysia© Chien Lee
Katydid (Tettigoniidae) camouflaged in leaf litter, Yasuni National Park, Amazon Rainforest, Ecuador  -  Pete Oxford
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00476150 Katydid (Tettigoniidae) camouflaged in leaf litter, Yasuni National Park, Amazon Rainforest, Ecuador© Pete Oxford
Grasshopper (Chorotypus sp) mimicking leaf, Malaysia  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00551639 Grasshopper (Chorotypus sp) mimicking leaf, Malaysia© Chien Lee
Looper Moth (Geometridae) caterpillar mimicking twig, Ankarana Special Reserve, northern Madagascar  -  Thomas Marent
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00426644 Looper Moth (Geometridae) caterpillar mimicking twig, Ankarana Special Reserve, northern Madagascar© Thomas Marent
Atlas Moth (Attacus atlas), wing tip mimics a snake head which deters bird attacks, Asia  -  Ingo Arndt
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00762756 Atlas Moth (Attacus atlas), wing tip mimics a snake head which deters bird attacks, Asia© Ingo Arndt
Fantastic Leaf-tail Gecko (Uroplatus phantasticus) female camouflaged amongst leaves, Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar
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00572101 Fantastic Leaf-tail Gecko (Uroplatus phantasticus) female camouflaged amongst leaves, Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar© Paul Bertner
Frogfish (Antennarius sp) resembles a sponge and ambushes prey, Sulawesi, Indonesia  -  Norbert Wu
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00977087 Frogfish (Antennarius sp) resembles a sponge and ambushes prey, Sulawesi, Indonesia© Norbert Wu
Moth caterpillar gives the threatening appearance of a snake head, which may help to ward off potential predators, Gunung Mulu National Park, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00453466 Moth caterpillar gives the threatening appearance of a snake head, which may help to ward off potential predators, Gunung Mulu National Park, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia© Chien Lee
Leaf Katydid (Typophyllum bolivari) male camouflaged on leaf, mimicks insect-damaged foliage, Yasuni National Park, Amazon, Ecuador  -  Pete Oxford
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00482155 Leaf Katydid (Typophyllum bolivari) male camouflaged on leaf, mimicks insect-damaged foliage, Yasuni National Park, Amazon, Ecuador© Pete Oxford
Moth (Macrocilix maia), with false fly spots, Danum Valley Conservation Area, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia
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00572256 Moth (Macrocilix maia), with false fly spots, Danum Valley Conservation Area, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia© Paul Bertner
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