Ever since I read ‘Seven deadly colours’ I have been fascinated by colour presentation of the multitude of fauna that exists. Often, the colour of an animal is not actually a pigment, but a sophisticated means of tricking the viewers brain into registering something very different to reality, a means of disguise. Then there are species with elaborate structural colours (one of the 7 colour … Continue reading The deception of colour.
Masters of Ambush. Crab Spiders are the epitome of ambush predators. They hide in flowers and wait for pollinators to alight for a meal and conduct their essential services. Then with a slender thread of silk anchoring themselves to the flower, they launch on the busy insect, bite into their thorax and inject a concoction of toxins to both immobilize and predigest their prey. Changing … Continue reading Colour changing Crab Spider
Arguably one of the most cryptic or camouflaged animals in the ocean are octopus. Capable of altering their dermal colour in a fraction of a second, they can almost dissappear from visual detection the moment they land on a rock or reef. In addition, cephalopods are one of the few marine families that can see red wavelengths. When hunting prey, they instantly transform from cryptic … Continue reading Cryptic octopus