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1 Soldiers on a combat mission often wear camouflage clothing. Camouflage helps them stay out of their enemy's sight and launch a successful attack! In nature, many animals use camouflage, too. And often, it is far superior to a soldier's uniform. Are you curious to know just how innovative some animals' camouflage can be? Here are some examples:
- Leaf butterflies have a pair of brown wings with markings mimicking leaf stalks and veins. When they rest on a tree branch, they fold their wings upright over their backs. To the eyes of a potential predator, such as a bird, leaf butterflies look just like real leaves on a tree!
- Angler fish like to rest their broad, flat bodies on the seabed. Their dark skin color is the same shade as that of the sediment. Anglers wiggle a fleshy growth that hangs over their head near their mouths. This fleshy growth, a part of their dorsal spine, looks like a worm. When an unsuspecting fish swims near to eat the "worm", anglers swallow it so quickly that the poor fish doesn't even have time to know what happened!
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