Mossy masquerade: a young Moss Mimic Katydid (Championica montana) doing what it does best. If you specialize in eating moss it’s a big plus if you look like it as well. In the damp cloud forests of Costa Rica, every surface is covered with dripping wet bryophytes, such as the leaf this katydid is perched on. Although abundant, it’s not the most energy rich food in the world, so these insects conserve their energy by moving slowly while they graze. Faced with a potential threat, they simply lay flat against the mossy substrate and disappear. Limón, Costa Rica.
- © Chien C. Lee
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Central America, Costa Rica, Ensifera, Insecta, Orthoptera, Pleminiini, Pleminiiti, Pseudophyllinae, Tettigoniidae, Tettigoniidea, Tettigonioidea, animal, arthropod, bush cricket, camouflage, crypsis, cryptic, fauna, immature, in-situ, insect, invertebrate, juvenile, katydid, nymph, tropical, true katydid, young
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- Central & South America, Insects, Camouflage