Stick insect

Stick insect

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Credit: ART WOLFE/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Walking stick insect. Walking stick insect (family Phasmatidae) on the side of a thin tree. This cryptic colouration makes the stick insect almost undetectable to predators. The imitation of plants by animals is known as phytomimesis. This stick insect eats leaves. Photographed in Tanzania.

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Keywords: african, animal, camouflaged, cryptic colouration, hiding, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, nature, phasmatidae, phytomimesis, tanzania, tree, twig mimicry, walking stick, wildlife, zoology

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