Incredible camouflage of a neotropical epiphyll-mimicking katydid (Clepsydronotus deciduus). Ephiphylls are tiny plants and lichens that grow on the surfaces of leaves in tropical rainforests, usually being detrimental to their host because they block light to the leaves. Having selected such an epiphyll-ridden leaf, the katydid is able to blend with the mottled colors and rough texture to conceal itself despite being completely exposed on the upper surface. Notice also how the katydid has carefully folded its long threadlike antennae under itself – if they were to stick out then the insect could be much more easily discovered by sharp-eyed birds. Choco, Colombia.
- © Chien C. Lee
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Colombia, Ensifera, Insecta, Orthoptera, Pleminiini, Pleminiiti, Pseudophyllinae, South America, Tettigoniidae, Tettigoniidea, Tettigonioidea, animal, arthropod, bush cricket, camouflage, choco, chocó, chocó biogeographic region, crypsis, cryptic, fauna, insect, invertebrate, katydid, tropical, true katydid
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- Central & South America, Insects, Camouflage