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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.


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).