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hangin' around II by webcruiser hangin' around II by webcruiser
From our past visit of the Aquazoo Duesseldorf.
Another Phasmatodea - family Phylliidae

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Thanks to Wikipedia: :bow:
The Phylliidae (often misspelled Phyllidae) contains the extant true leaf insects or walkingleaves, which include some of the most remarkable leaf mimics in the entire animal kingdom. They occur from South Asia through Southeast Asia to Australia. At present, there seems to be no consensus as to the preferred classification of this group; some sources treat Phylliidae as a much larger taxon, containing the members of what are presently considered to be several different families. It is used here in its most restricted sense.

A 47 million year old fossil of Eophyllium messelensis, a prehistoric ancestor of Phylliidae, displays many of the same characteristics of modern leaf insects, indicating that this family has changed little over time.

Leaf insects use camouflage to take on the appearance of a leaf. They do this so accurately that predators often aren't able to distinguish them from real leaves. In some species the edge of the leaf insect's body even has the appearance of bite marks. To further confuse predators, when the leaf insect walks, it rocks back and forth, to mimic a real leaf being blown by the wind.
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Arikarin1Hatake Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009  Student General Artist
It's so in focus!
I love it
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webcruiser Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009
Thank you very much! :bow:
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