It’s hard at first glance not to be fooled by the appearance of this wasp-mimicking katydid (Aganacris nitida), which is modeled after a stinging thread-waisted wasp (Eremnophila spp.). To enhance the effectiveness of this masquerade, the katydid also copies the wasp’s quick erratic movements, as most other katydids (especially camouflaged ones) move rather slowly. Katydids possess no chemical or otherwise painful defenses, and make for particularly good meals for predators, which is the driving force behind their remarkable disguises. Yasuní National Park, Ecuador.
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Batesian mimicry, Ecuador, Ensifera, Insecta, Orthoptera, Phaneropterinae, Scudderiini, South America, Tettigoniidae, Tettigoniidea, Tettigonioidea, amazon, amazon basin, animal, arthropod, bush cricket, defensive mimicry, fauna, insect, invertebrate, katydid, mimic, mimicry, protective mimicry, tropical
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- Mimicry, Central & South America, Insects