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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 spiders that look just like their ant prey - perfect for ambush! See if you can detect the moths pretending to be hornets and camouflaged frogs with pointy horns to mimic the points on leaves.
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 (Eulophophyllum sp), newly described species, juvenile rear legs that mimic leaves, Danum Valley Conservation Area, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia
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00572205 Katydid (Eulophophyllum sp), newly described species, juvenile rear legs that mimic leaves, Danum Valley Conservation Area, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia© Paul Bertner
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
Katydid (Tettigoniidae) mimicking a leaf,  Hitoy Cerere Biological Reserve, Costa Rica
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00572231 Katydid (Tettigoniidae) mimicking a leaf, Hitoy Cerere Biological Reserve, Costa Rica© Paul Bertner
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
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