Finding Caterpillars > Mimicry and Camouflage

With Batesian and Mullerian mimicry, adult butterflies will often mimic other butterflies that are distasteful to birds. At the same time, some butterfly caterpillars will mimic bird lime in order to dissuade birds from eating them.

There are many species of butterflies where their caterpillars will camouflage themselves beautifully against the coloration, structure, and background of their host plant in order to protect themselves.