Image of the Day: Camouflage

The Lichen Katyid. Photo: David Weller

The remarkable lichen katyid takes the principle of camouflage further than any other known species of katyids. It has adapted to blend almost perfectly into its habit.

Little is known about this elusive insect species. Scientists believe that it inhabits the upper regions of the forest canopy, as it would naturally find a greater number of lichens on tree trunks there. It is still unclear what they prefer to eat because most katyids feed on hervivores, but some species appear to be omnivores.

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