Camouflage

Nature’s best tricksters are brought to the fore in this theme. We examine the camouflage techniques used in nature including colour, texture, stillness and shape, and explain why both the hunters and the prey have developed these attributes and techniques. We present three examples in living creatures, starting with bogong moths whose dull coloured wings allow them to blend into the environment. Next we look at decorator or dresser crabs which disguise themselves by picking up debris they find on the ocean floor and attaching it to themselves.

Lastly we look at leaf-tailed geckos which use colour, texture and a unique back-up: their detachable tails. We also examine the important role the bogong moth plays in Australian ecosystems, with particular emphasis on the dependence pygmy possums have on them as a food source.

This program is aligned with both the Australian Curriculum and the Early Years Learning Framework.