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crypsis, crypses, cryptic

Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
No Taxon (Glossary)
No Taxon (C)
No Taxon crypsis, crypses, cryptic
Explanation of Names
From Greek kryptos, hidden.
crypsis noun, plural crypses, adjective cryptic - in entomology in particular, coloration and pattern that causes an insect to resemble an inedible object, such as a rock, plant, or bird dropping.

Examples of resemblance to vegetation, common among many groups, but especially orthoptera and lepidoptera:

Examples of resemblance to bird droppings, particularly common among moths:

Examples of resemblance to rock or other substrate, rather uncommon, perhaps, but does occur in several groups, and of course many groups have a resemblance to bark:
See Also
Print References
Gordh, A Dictionary of Entomology, p. 246 (1)
Internet References
Wikipedia: Crypsis
Works Cited
1.A Dictionary of Entomology
George Gordh, David H. Headrick. 2003. CABI Publishing.