There are so many different patterns in nature it's difficult to know where to begin in a blog post so I'm going to stick to just two different types of patterns. Firstly, these patterns found in holly leaves, which are due to the leaves being attacked by a virus
Secondly, the wonderfully varied patterns of hoverflies, which are mimics of other insects. Here are just a few hoverflies with distinctive patterns:
this is a marmalade hoverfly (Episyrphus balteatus), one of the most common species in the UK
this is a pellucid fly (Volucella pellucens)
and this is a footballer hoverfly (Helophilus pendulus)
If you have children who are interested in insects, the Water of Leith Conservation Trust has just added an interesting activity to its website "Observational Drawings of Invertebrates" which you can find out about here.
Patterns in Nature for 30 Days Wild.