Katydid

Most people are familiar with the Katydid, a common insect whose attire is usually a solid green. Like the one here crawling on Sam’s ear.

But evolution can churn out some spectacular modifications especially when natural selection fine tunes a strategy of camouflage. Spiders looking like an orchid pedal, shrimp or sea horses perfectly blending into coral. This morning I checked the bug light and found a Katydid that stood out against the white sheet. When I put him on the stump with the lichen he virtually disappeared.

This guy would have been impossible to spot when hanging out on these branches!

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