How Butterflies Use Color To Stay Alive

When it comes to survival in the wildlife camouflage plays a very crucial part. Many animals as well as creatures tend to use it as a way of avoiding their enemies as well as being killed. The butterfly as well caterpillars are also some of the world’s creatures which are also known to use color so as to keep themselves safe from any harmful creatures.

According to an article that was published on National Geographic’s website by Liz Langley, butterflies as a species tend to use bright colors as a way of protecting themselves. The caterpillar’s giant swallowtail usually appears as bird droppings at its smallest and when it’s big is usually looks like a small snake, both are designed to ensure that it protects itself from predators.

Caterpillars tend to use more color when they enter their chrysalis. Both the monarch butterfly as well as the giant swallow tail tends to have chrysalises that usually blend in perfectly on the trees which they hang on. There are other butterflies that don’t follow the camouflage way of life, for instance the paper kite butterfly has a shiny gold chrysalis which makes it very hard to detect in “complicated backgrounds.”

When butterflies emerge from their chrysalis they also tend to use their color so as to protect themselves. The orange color which is usually present in the monarch usually indicates that its toxic and as a result predators tend to avoid it. There are also other butterflies that use they bright colors in distracting the predators while large “eyespots” are used to confuse or startle predators.


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