Ohio's Masters of Camouflage

Updated: Nov 11

Come join us for camouflage Fridays to learn more about Ohio's masters of camouflage.

"The wildlife and its habitat cannot speak, so we must and we will." ~ Theodore Roosevelt

Fridays with Ohio's Masters of Camouflage

At Explore Ohio Outdoors, we love Ohio. And one of the best parts about it is all the wildlife. Not only is it beautiful and captivating, sometimes we cannot even see it at all.

Do you follow us on Facebook or Twitter? If not, head on over and give us a like. Every week we will be featuring a new animal or critter showing off their amazing camouflage.

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Ewwww! A pile of bird poop.

Nope, this is not bird poop. It is the caterpillar of the viceroy butterfly. Unlike many other bird dropping mimics, this caterpillar resembles the poop during every instar. Viceroy butterflies are often confused for monarchs.

Ohio Caterpillars Viceroy Butterfly

Nothern Cardinal Pillow by Wilfreda Designs


The insect in this picture is huge, yet hard to spot.

Pictured below is the northern walkingstick. The bizarre insect is usually either brown or green. The northern walking stick can grow up to 7” in length. They are nocturnal insects that can often be found hiding in trees and bushes during the day.

Ohio Insects Northern Walkingstock


We have two birds in this photo. One is harder to spot than the other.

Camouflaged in the center of this photo is a lesser yellowlegs. The lesser yellowlegs is a shorebird that can be found in wetland habitats. They can often be observed in the company of other shorebird species. Pictured in the upper left, is a killdeer.

Ohio Birds Lesser Yellow Legs and Killdeer

Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly Glass Paperweight by Wilfreda Designs


Who's hiding in this photo?

Pictured below is one of the many species of katydid you can find in Ohio. This insect is also known as a bush cricket. There are over 8000 known species of katydids around the world. They can be found on every continent except Antarctica.

Ohio Insects Katydid


Pictured below is the red-fringed emerald moth caterpillar eating an oak leaf. The moth larva blends in extremely well by looking like the dying edge of the leaf. Its camouflage is outstanding. This little critter can be really hard to spot.

Ohio Caterpillars Red Fringed Emerald Moth

Barred Owl Zippo Lighter by Wilfreda Designs


Which little critter is hiding in this photo?

Pictured below is the unicorn prominent caterpillar. This fascinating insect is a leaf mimic. You can easily walk by this caterpillar and mistake it for the dead part of a leaf.

Ohio Caterpillars Unicorn Prominent


Welcome to our first Camouflage Friday.

When we are out in nature, we are never alone. There are eyes everywhere.

Pictured below is the female ring-necked pheasant. The female is buffy-brown with a camouflage pattern. The male, on the other hand, has red facial skin, a white ring around its neck, and a magnificently patterned body.

Ohio Birds Female Ring Neck Pheasant

Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillar Mouse Pad by Wilfreda Designs

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