How do Moths Camouflage Themselves

Moths adopt various means of camouflage, to defend themselves from predators. These may include disguising themselves as part of a plant, a more dangerous predator, or even feces. It has been observed that moths even search for the ideal location where the patterns and colors will hide them the most effectively.

Examples include:

  • The yellow-necked caterpillar moth resembles a rolled-up dead leaf.
  • The eyed-hawk moth has two eye-shaped patterns on the end of its wings, making it appear like a much larger animal to any predators.
  • The olive-shaded bird-dropping moth and the small bird-dropping moth, as their name  suggests, avoid predation by appearing as broad droppings.
  • The patterns of the wings of the tulip tree moth are very similar to the bark of certain trees.
  • The buff-tip moth very closely resembles the broken twig of a birch tree.
  • The wings of the Bogong moth are well-matched against the bark of trees.
  • The caterpillar of the peppered moth is similar to a twig.