Green bush cricket shedding skin

Green bush cricket shedding skin

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Caption: A green bush cricket or katydid shedding its skin, a phenomena known as ecdysis, so as to enable itself to grow while its exoskeleton is still soft. These insects are found in the rainforests of South America. The brilliant green colour of its old skeleton is due to a pigment formed by the insect and not as a result of chlorophyll ingested in the diet. The colour, shape and markings on the wings closely resemble the leaves that form the insect's enviroment-thus giving it an excellent camouflage.

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Keywords: animal, bush, cricket, ecdysis, exoskeleton, green, green bush cricket, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, katydid, moult, nature, wildlife, zoology

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