Leaf's life. (Freeze Frame).
The edges of the insect's large, leathery wings have a vein pattern and frayed edges similar to a real leaf that's been nibbled by hungry caterpillars. "The insect even has a rocking behavior that makes it appear like a leaf blowing in the breeze," says Watts.
These adaptive defenses prevent the leaf insect--also known as Phyllium bioculatum--from being munched on by predators like spiders, ants, and lizards. But there's one downside: These masters of disguise actually feed on leaves--and sometimes mistake one another for dinner!
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|Title Annotation:||Southeast Asian leaf insect|
|Date:||Jan 24, 2003|
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