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Colour and Camouflage

Colours in the natural world can be a warning sign or attraction, a way of standing out or hiding. The Colour and Camouflage display is arranged in rainbow colour order, with a group of mimic and camouflage patterns, and selected works of art to complement the animals, birds and butterflies on show.

Items on display include:

  • Red fox
  • Red squirrel
  • Red Cardinal
  • Sulphur
  • Azurite and malachite
  • Blue and yellow macaw
  • Exotic blue butterflies
  • Owl butterflies
Owl butterfly


Owl butterfly. Commonly known as the Brazilian Little Owl, this South American butterfly is found from Guatemala to northern Argentina. Its eye-like markings mimic larger animals and deceive predators, or draw attention away from vulnerable body parts.