Cryptic katydid insect on a fern leaf

Cryptic katydid insect on a fern leaf

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Caption: Katydid. Macrophotograph of a cryptic katydid insect (family Tettigoniidae) on a fern leaf. The leaf green colour (cryptic colouration) of this katydid, and the plant-like spines on its body and legs, serve as an example of camouflage in nature. The katydid can hide very well amongst leaves and scrub, which helps it to avoid the attention of predators. Katydids are large grasshopper-like insects in which sound communication is well-developed. They mostly feed on plants. In tropical forests (such as this one in Ecuador) adaptations in camouflage are abundant. The name "katydid" is an imitation of the noise the insect makes.

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Keywords: animal, camouflage, cryptic insect, cryptic katydid, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, katydid, katydid on, leaf, nature, tettigoniidae, type, wildlife, zoology

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