During World War I, ships were painted in zebra stripes to deceive the enemy. The effectiveness of this “dazzle” camouflage was never quite clear, but a new study suggests that these zigzag patterns can be quite deceptive when they move.
The slender filefish has evolved the ability to camouflage its body patterns and shape so effectively, it can render itself effectively invisible in a matter of seconds.
We all know that camouflage is an important tool in the evolutionary toolbox. But it's only one of the ways that butterflies and caterpillars use color to keep themselves safe.
You might have to look really hard at this video of the California Academy of Sciences' newest residents - the first ever born in an aquarium - to find the tiny fish. The adults are dwarfed by a pencil eraser; imagine how tiny the babies are!
Take a look at this WWI-era, 58,000-ton cruiser painted with magic-eye style black-and-white stripes! Doesn't it just blend right into the background? Well, no. No it doesn't. But there was a time when military scientists thought that it might.
Photographer Art Wolfe has spent decades capturing not just the hidden world of animals, but also the world of hidden animals. In his Vanishing Act series of photos, he invites us to search his images for the camouflaged animals within. For example, do you see the mantis in that top picture? Wolfe has a huge…
None of our machines can do what a cuttlefish or octopus can do with its skin: change its pattern, colour, and texture to perfectly blend into its surroundings, in matter of milliseconds. Take a look at this classic video of an octopus revealing itself.
I finally had a chance to read John McPhee's book La Place de la Concorde Suisse, his somewhat off-puttingly titled 1984 look at the Swiss military and its elaborately engineered landscape defenses.
The "O.P. Tree" was an Observation Post Tree deployed during World War I. Its "goal," as author Hanna Rose Shell explains in Hide and Seek, her newly published history of the relationship between camouflage and photography, "was to craft a mimetic representation of a tree-and not just any tree, but a particular tree…
Meet the robust ghost pipefish (Solenostomus cyanopterus), a 15-centimeter-long creature found in the Indian and Western Pacific Oceans. As you can see in the above video, this fish camouflages itself face-down as sea grass when disturbed. What a thrilling existence!
This iridescent insect is Entimus imperialis, Brazil's diamond weevil, and scientists have now discovered that it's because of three dimensional photonic crystals that it has this incredible color. As you can see from the photograph above, and other photographs of the critter, it's marked by a black shell with…
What's you're seeing above is a a CV90 light tank outfitted with BAE Systems' ADAPTIV, a form of camouflage that can be used to trick heat-sensing technology. According to its designers, ADAPTIV can render the tank entirely invisible to thermal sensors or make it look like an automobile...or even a bovine.
Cuttlefish — by far the coolest of the cephalopods — are brilliant at camouflage, to the point where they'll actually use their hands and body orientation to mimic objects around them. For the first time, we know that they are relying on visual cues to do so.