Thursday, September 12, 2013

New Research Shows That Predators Can Learn to Read Camouflage

Camouflaged creatures can perform remarkable disappearing acts but new research shows that predators can learn to read camouflage...The research was carried out by the University of Exeter and the University of Cambridge and is published in the journal PLOS ONE. Moths with high contrast markings -- that break up the shape of the body, like that of a zebra or giraffe -- were best at evading predation at the start of the experiment. However humans learnt to find these prey types faster than moths with low contrast markings that match the background, like that of a stick insect or leaf bug. more

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