Camouflaged katydid at night

Title Info
Common name Katydid, Leaf Mimic
Scientific name Tettigoniidae
Taxonomic group Orthoptera
Level Family
Source Dan L. Perlman
Selection and adaptations Coloration
Coloration Camouflage
Organisms Animals
Animals Insects
Lessons Mimicry and Camouflage
Date 1991
Location Costa Rica,North America

Camouflaged brown katydid at night, Costa Rica. This beautifully camouflaged katydid is easy to see if you have a flashlight. However, most predators have difficulty seeing by the scanty light that reaches the floor of the tropical rainforest at night, so that is when katydids leave the protection of their camouflaged site and roam, looking for leaves to eat.