Over at Paula’s spot her theme of illusion involves certain techniques I am not au fait with nor have the software to do all that marvelous editing stuff. My son has got this covered but calling for help would be cheating … so, I am going to call on Mother Nature.
Bird Pooh? You’d think so at first glance. I know I did, and it certainly fools birds. It is, in fact, the larval form of the Citrus Swallowtail Butterfly.
Here is the second stage …
”Eyes” big enough to frighten most predators. In actual fact, the real eyes are underneath, part of the bit you see touching the leaf
And how about this?
A Wood Bark Mantis.
Normally you – or a potential prey – would need keen eyesight to differentiate between the mantis and the tree it is on, especially when it lies completely flat. As it is, I only noticed it all because it lifted its head as I brushed up against the tree branch, otherwise the illusion would have been perfect.
And finally …
Looking like a tiny piece of old leaf and intended to fool prey and predator alike, this is in fact a spider, named Uloborus.
It usually clings motionless to the underside of its web and simply waits ….