The Gottlieb Native Garden

a california love story

The Gottlieb Native Garden is a flourishing ecosystem belonging to Susan and Dan Gottlieb, friends of flora and fauna and devoted environmental philanthropists. With more than 100 hand-selected plant species and hundreds of animal species, the backyard is a National Wildlife Federation-certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat and a Xerces Society-designated Pollinator Habitat.

Deception in the Garden

A carful walk in GNG may reveal an amazing form of survival.  Many species of animals employ a wide variety of camouflage tactics, and one of these tricks is called background matching.   Background matching is commonly used as camouflage, allowing an animal to blend in with their surroundings. This deception allows prey to avoid predators, and for predators to surprise prey.  In the two images below, color matching and cryptic coloration can be seen being utilized in very effective ways.

Whitebanded Crab Spider - Misumenoides formosipes

Pallid-winged Grasshopper - Trimerotropis pallidipennis