Plenty of animals rely on their ability to hide. There's no shame in your cowardice, non-human friends: Nature is a harsh and unforgiving hellhole -- we'd hide too. But some creatures are so good at blending in to their environment that it goes beyond mere camouflage and turns into a kind of performance art. We've shown you a few of them before. Here are even more critters that could very well be in front of you right now -- if you are reading this from a desert, a swamp, or the bottom of the sea, that is.
(Luckily, there are no terrible spiders that look exactly like computer mice. Or...are there?)
The Fruit Fly That's Got a Posse
Images of ants -- or possibly jumping spiders -- appear to have been airbrushed onto Goniurellia tridens' translucent wings, much like a WWII fighter plane, or the hood of a Pontiac. And they don't just "kind of" look like ants or jumping spiders -- like when the narrator in a nature documentary tells you some bullshit fish has a "terrifying face" because of its measly butt-spots. Look at 'em: Those are downright artistic portraits of its own friggin' predators on its wings.
via Guardian Liberty Voice
The fly itself's still ugly as fuck, but those wings are exquisite.
Why are these bugs sporting wing tattoos? Is it ironic, like a hipster with a finger mustache? Did jumping spiders save their lives back in 'Nam? Was it some sort of ant initiation? Without an informant in one of the major ant gangs, we can't know for certain (and there is some doubt that the shapes are even intentional), but it's been proposed that the fruit flies are trying to scare off potential predators by making it appear as though they're already being eaten, are surrounded by dangerous creatures, or are the dangerous creature themselves. Any way you cut it, the lesson is simple: "I'm more trouble than the meal is worth, homey."
"The last two who tried wound up dead and nailed to my ass."
This kind of things isn't exactly novel. In fact, there are all kinds of different fruit flies with weird wing markings that they'll wave at spiders to trick them into backing down, thus earning the species their nickname "the frontin'est motherfuckers in nature."