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Leaf insect by melvynyeo Leaf insect by melvynyeo
Leaf insect (family Phylliidae), also called walking leaf , any of about 30 species of flat, green insects (order Phasmida, or Phasmatodea) that have a leaflike appearance. The female has large leathery forewings (tegmina) that lie edge to edge on the abdomen and resemble, in their vein pattern, the midrib and veins in a leaf. Females are flightless and so the hindwings have no function. The male has small tegmina and ample, non-leaflike, functional hindwings. Newly hatched young are reddish in colour and become green after feeding on leaves. Colour and form provide protection by allowing these insects to blend with their environment.

All species of leaf insects are about 60 mm (2.3 inches) long and range from India to the Fiji Islands. These are related to the stick insects in the family Phasmatidae.


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Ex-combustis Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I researched these things when I was like, age 20, I am 23 now!
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RaymondEternal Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very Cool and Interesting!!!
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Dan-S-T Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Plant eater isn't it?
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heymrpaul Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013
Awesome shot. Kudos
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Mythraill Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Student Artist
oh i just love those things, we had a stick-insect a long time ago, we used to let it crawl over our hands :3
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Raciepie Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I could look through your gallery for hours <3
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Shinzerai Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
Nature is just so amazing to me,and this is a great example why.Thank you for posting this.
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
Glad you like it :) Thank you! :)
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Lauratar Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Student General Artist
I love leaf insects! Awesome shot.
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Thank you! :)
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