protective coloration


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protective coloration

any patterning or camouflage that helps an organism blend into its background and thus gives it protection from predators.
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Of special note is mention of Abbott Handerson Thayer (1849-1921), a prominent American painter who promoted his speculative theories of biological camouflage in a scientific journal review titled The Law Which Underlies Protective Coloration. Thayer is considered one of the founders and main advocates of the ideas of military camouflage during the Spanish-American War and World War I.
Small wonder that anyone who sought intimacy with the man was put off by his curiously detached mien and his gift for shifting protective coloration. One former Hollywood girlfriend reported, "[I]always had the feeling that I was with him, but he wasn't with me," Kleinknecht notes.
At first, she survived by using what Brady calls the "protective coloration of a genderless self." But Blackburn became increasingly aware of discrimination, first against other women and then against herself.
Instead, the defensive squeaks may serve as a warning that the moth is distasteful--an audible version of the protective coloration of some bitter-tasting butterflies and poison frogs.