HIDE AND SEEK
We asked Dr. Matt McElroy, a post-doctoral researcher of evolutionary biology at University of California, Berkeley, to caption some of Fall 2018’s most feral looks. Here are his thoughts on the season’s likely animal muses.
“Masters of disguise, octopuses can change colours to match their background and blend in with sand, rocks, coral and more.”
“Aposematic strawberry poison dart frogs sequester toxins from the mites in their diet.”
“The bright yellow coloration of the banana slug may serve to warn predators that this meal is unpleasant, distasteful and quite slimy.”
“Butterflies and moths are model systems for studying disruptive coloration and other unusual patterns like eye spots.”