Camouflaged katydid

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 1990
Location La Selva Biological Station,Costa Rica,North America

Camouflaged green katydid, Costa Rica. Many tropical katydids, such as the one in this image, are superb leaf mimics. Some even have what appear to be fungus and disease spots or chewed holes on their wings, but those are just additional parts of the camouflage. If you have trouble finding the katydid, look at the companion image, which points it out.