Thursday, October 21, 2010

Now you see me...

After assisting our neighbour at BatReach with an unwelcome visitor (a 3m Amethystine Python) I was walking back home and spotted an unfamiliar katydid perched on top of a leaf. As soon as I inspected more closely the katydid flattened out in umbrella style, concealing all its typical insect features. The katydid in question appears to belong to be Acauloplacella sp. but I'm waiting on confirmation from katydid guru David Rentz. These katydids have superb camouflage, the wings resembling the leaves they reside in with almost exact venation.

The katydid in its active posture.

Hidden beneath its wings.

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