7: Display cases – It’s all just camouflage

In the glass showcases next to the Sofia Bridge we show various insects and small animals. Similar to some butterflies, these animals have also come up with new ideas to survive in nature. Some of them are so well camouflaged that you have to look closely to spot them. Many of the visitors walk past the display case carelessly because they don’t recognize the “Wandering Leaves”, for example. These camouflage artists are almost indistinguishable from real leaves, and sometimes they even sway like leaves in the wind. Maybe Jürgen is nearby and will show you the insects that belong to the stick insect family up close. You can find more stick insects in the showcase right next door. But not only the horrors are well camouflaged in order to make themselves as invisible as possible from their enemies, many species of butterflies can do this too. The Indian leaf butterfly, for example. B. looks like a dry beech leaf with its wings closed. And the favorite of all visitors, the Blue Morpho, whose top wing shines sky blue, is hardly visible when its wings are closed. The banana butterfly, also known as the owl, has a different strategy to protect itself from enemies. The pattern on its folded wings looks like an owl’s eyes. If he opens his wings quickly, he can scare off enemies.