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This Bug's Camouflage Is Very Impressive

Meet the Lichen Katydid, an insect that has such impressive camouflage skills that it can hide in plain sight when walking on a lichen (a plant-like composite organism of an alga and a fungus). The bug’s body matches the wisps of the lichen so damn well that you’re not even sure which part belongs to which.

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This stunning footage was taken by wildlife photographer David Weller in Costa Rica.

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Macro view is awesome for this, but I’d love to see it from far away, if only to get a predator’s-eye view of how difficult it would be to spot this thing at distance. Pretty awesome.

Here’s another video (by someone who - based on the title - seems confused about which thing is mimicking which).