Remarkable moss mimicry of a Madagascan stick insect (Antongilia lacinata). Visual camouflage adaptations such as this are predominantly aimed at protection from diurnal predators, hence these insects usually conceal themselves by day on mossy tree trunks. At night they roam about on the understory vegetation completely exposed while foraging for fresh leaves to feed on; their extravagant crypsis inconsequential in total darkness. Andasibe, Madagascar.
- © Chien C. Lee
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Areolatae, Bacillidae, Bacilloidea, Insecta, Madagascar, Phasmatodea, Phasmatoptera, Phasmida, Verophasmatodea, animal, arthropod, camouflage, crypsis, cryptic, endemic, fauna, folivore, folivorous, folivory, herbivore, herbivorous, herbivory, insect, invertebrate, leaf, leaf-eater, phasmid, rainforest, stick insect, tropical, walking stick
- Contained in galleries
- Insects, Camouflage, Madagascar