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Dead Leaf Grasshopper

Description:

Chorotypus sp. - A spectacular grasshopper which mimics dried leaf for protection. Due to its almost perfect camouflage, it is hard to spot making it quite rarely seen in the wild. From the front it looks quite flat like an actual leaf too. Turns out it glows under ultraviolet light too.

Habitat:

Found at night low on the forest floor vegetations in a lowland primary rainforest.

Notes:

Spotted recently during a macro nightwalk trip with fellow PN member - Albert Kang.

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4 Comments

ChunXingWong
ChunXingWong 10 months ago

Thanks Sukanya. Nightwalk is one of the best activities!

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 11 months ago

I can just imagine the scene... Wonderful find.

ChunXingWong
ChunXingWong 11 months ago

AlbertKang spotted it. We were specially looking out for mimicry insects so this leaf seems a bit odd and turns out it is a grasshopper!

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 11 months ago

Couldn't believe my eyes...how ever did YOU spot it?

ChunXingWong
Spotted by
ChunXingWong

Tawau, Sabah, Malaysia

Spotted on Feb 23, 2022
Submitted on Mar 1, 2022

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