Stick insect

Stick insect

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Credit: LAWRENCE LAWRY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Jungle nymph stick insect (Heteropteryx dilatata), or New Guinea walking stick. This insect feeds on vegetation at night, remaining immobile during the day. Its colouration and shape camouflage it when it is on a plant. The imitation of a plant by an animal is known as phytomimesis.

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Keywords: animal, asia, asian, camouflage, heteropteryx dilatata, indonesia, indonesian, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, jungle nymph, mimesis, mimic, mimicry, nature, new guinea, phytomimesis, stick, walking, wildlife, zoology

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