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But in some places, they are not what they seem. The Indian leaf butterfly, from southern Asia, mimics dead leaves to keep from being seen. Lots of other insects, including moths and leaf insects, use the same kind of disguise. 1 This Indian leaf butterfly is resting among some dead leaves. Its beautifully camouflaged wings make it almost impossible to see. Leafy seadragon 2 This is the same butterfly, seen from below, with its wings open. Its hindwings each have a tail that looks just like a leaf stalk.
It also has a tail like a dried-out leaf and gray skin with markings like cracks in wood. These geckos hunt insects at night. If a predator does spot it, the lizard can quickly shed its tail— a trick that confuses the enemy while it escapes. A new tail slowly grows back. Q Which insects disguise themselves as thorns? A Lined up on a twig, treehoppers are not easy to see. They have a special trick for survival—they look exactly like thorns. Behind their heads they have a hard shield, which stretches up in a thorn-shaped spike.
Instead of running away from trouble, the pill millipede rolls up into a ball. It is protected by its hard body case, and its head and legs are safely tucked up inside. It stays like this until all seems to be quiet outside. Other animals that do this include hedgehogs, woodlice, and three-banded armadillos, which turn themselves into solid balls covered with rows of bony plates. Long ears are held upright but can be folded down 1 The millipede has a jointed body case that allows it to curl up into a tight ball when facing danger.