'Masquerade' simply means to disguise. In common understanding, to use masks to hide the true identity of a person.
A study published in 2011 on animal behaviour found, Caterpillars masquerade as twigs to fool their predators (birds), thus try to save themselves rather than becoming a bird's dinner.
Study link: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/news/research/t ... 90_en.html
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