Bush cricket mimicking a brown leaf

Bush cricket mimicking a brown leaf

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Credit: DR MORLEY READ/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Bush cricket. Unidentified leaf mimic bush cricket (katydid) of the family Tettigoniidae. The leaf- brown colour (cryptic coloration) of this bush cricket, and its leaf-like shape and appearance, are an example of camouflage in nature. This imitation of plants is known as phytomimesis. The insect aligns itself under leaves or at the angle of leaves in order to merge with its background. In tropical forests such adaptations in camouflage are abundant and sometimes quite bizarre. Bush crickets are large grasshopper-like insects in which sound communication is well-developed. They mostly feed on plants. Photographed in Ecuador.

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Keywords: animal, brown leaf mimic, bush cricket, camouflage, cryptic insect, cryptic katydid, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, katydid, mimicry, nature, phytomimesis, wildlife, zoology

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