Leaf insect

Leaf insect

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Credit: BARBARA STRNADOVA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Walking leaf insect (Phyllium sp.) specimen. This female leaf-eating insect has large flattened projections resembling leaves on its abdomen and limbs. The imitation of plants by animals is known as phytomimesis. This is a form of camouflage designed to render the insect invisible when it is stationary among vegetation. The walking leaf insect is generally nocturnal, remaining still in the day to avoid predators. The walking leaf insect is found in Southeast Asia.

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