Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Uropyia meticulodina. Best camouflage, ever.

Image: Bettaman via Flickr
Uropyia meticulodina
It's a moth called Uropyia meticulodina! But it has such incredibly incredible camouflage that even when you know its a moth, you still can't quite believe it's just a moth.


The camouflage is just so ludicrously arty.

Image: enyagene via Flickr
It's not just brown like a dead leaf, it's brown like a curled up, dead leaf

And it's not just brown like a curled up, dead leaf, it depicts a leaf catching the light, with shadows in all the right places and you can even see the veins casting tiny shadows along the curled underside. It's like one of those optical illusions that still work even when you know it's a trick.


I doubt they're found often, but if you're up for the challenge you'll have to go to China and Taiwan to try your luck. Either that or most of the world's dead leaves are actually moths...

9 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

excuse my language, but holy crap! that is so cool!

Comment1 said...

I think I can excuse you. It IS more swearword fantastic than a swearword and a swearword swearword doing a swearword with a chocolate covered swearword!

stregajewellry said...

I have this thing for moths I think they are more beautiful than butterflies. And this one blew me away! I could not stop looking at it! Wow!

Comment1 said...

Moths certainly have a subtle and amazingly detailed beauty about them. This one is just ridiculous! I still stop and stare every time I see it!

Michael Knauer said...

WOW! I mean...just...wow......That is some EXTREMELY good camouflage! I thought that is actually curled it wings to achieve the curled dead leaf look....until I saw the first video. Let's all be glad that this thing isn't a super predator.

Joseph Jameson-Gould said...

Yeh! It's difficult to really see it as a 2 dimensional surface!

Mike Crews said...

You realy do have a nice blog, im always trying to make blogs that generate income, and some times I forget how fun it was to just write about something you like/enjoy and are interested in, I see that type of bloging going on with your site and it reminds me of my younger days when I blogged for fun and because I enjoyed it not cause I needed to pay bills ect.

Thanks for keeping it real!

Joseph Jameson-Gould said...

Ha! Thanks Mike!

Ethan Kranz said...

ITS LiKE ITS INVISIBLE!!!!

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