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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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oceans-inferno Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great shot! :) Could I use this as a reference for a drawing?
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015
Sure! Thanks for asking :)
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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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xXDoctorMythXx 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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QuintessentialArts Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
Aw these guys are so cute^^
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
Thanks! :)
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SuchithraRk Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Student Writer
Wow...! Love it ... great work
Cheers!
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
Thank you!! :)
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Roguellgreen Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Your work has been featured here [link] :hug:
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
Thanks! :)
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Roguellgreen Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
u're welcome :hug:
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Bluesrains Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
So Cool!!
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
Thanks! :)
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Crazypurplebat Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
I want one. Like seriously I want one as a pet....And I will name him leafy and he will be my leafy...
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
:)
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Lilac-Vrt-Olligoci Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I want to hug that thing, but I'm afraid I'd squish it.
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
:)
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140583 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012   Photographer
:)
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
Thanks! :)
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