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Insect Mimic Leaf

Description:

I found this tiny "creature" today sitting on a leaf. I took pictures of it thinking it was a spider of some kind. It was very cooperative. When I saw the pictures, well…… :) We have all seen insects imitating leaves, this is the first leaf I ever saw imitating an arthropod.

Habitat:

Heavy shrubbery along a street, semi-urban area, outskirts of San Cristobal de Las Casas, 2,200 meters.

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21 Comments

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 7 years ago

Thank you Mark and Chun :)

ChunXingWong
ChunXingWong 7 years ago

Very unusual, looks like a frog.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Lauren you might like pics 1,2 here... http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/101... :-)

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 7 years ago

Yes Adi, unbelievable. This one is undoubtedly coincidence, but there are all those orchids that imitate insects and there must be many other things plants do to take advantage of their long and ancient relationship with insects that we haven't found yet.

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 7 years ago

Unbelievable! What a trick nature is playing :)
Read comments and your description..I am now getting curious to find more of these Lauren!

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 7 years ago

Thanks guys. It was only about 4 mm and it really fooled me. Nature can turn the tables on us and have a little laugh.

Yes, I get it now!! It was nagging at me so I read Lauren's description again!!
LaurenZarate you have a good sense of humor!!

StephenSolomons
StephenSolomons 7 years ago

so the leaves finally got jealous of the insects getting the attention!

RiekoS
RiekoS 7 years ago

Very nice.

suzmonk
suzmonk 7 years ago

:-)

Hi guys, read her description. This is a leaf! It just happens to look like an insect :)

Perhaps Lauren can share more pictures?
I did notice that also... I can not tell where the head is and the rest of the legs??

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

'small guest bedroom' lol Hey Lauren did it do anything at all like move? I can't see any sign of real symmetry or a head or dorsal line... even the 'legs' don't seem to match up properly. Are you doing a late April fools on us ?? :-)

WOW!! What is it? It is gorgeous and so very different!! It is so hard to tell what it looks like...I am so curious... I hope you get an ID, LaurenZarate.

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 7 years ago

Thank you Kel my friend, yes I put it in a small guest bedroom, but it was so boring and inactive that I released it again.

Sckel
Sckel 7 years ago

Oh, no, because you have not explored this insect, friend? It seems incredible. When you see something strange , you should catch it in a temporary trap, you should call it: 'small guest bedroom', to watch their movements and característas. Then drop it in a safe place, or in the same place you found it.

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 7 years ago

Thank you Luis, yes amazing how it tricked me. I thought it a tiny crab spider or even (thrill) a green pseudoscorpion. It was tiny enough that I really shouldn't think I need better glasses????

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 7 years ago

Amazing!

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 7 years ago

Thank you Cindy and Janine :) :)

Wow! Great spotting, Lauren!

JanineLingTurner
JanineLingTurner 7 years ago

aha!

LaurenZarate
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LaurenZarate

Chiapas, Mexico

Spotted on Nov 20, 2013
Submitted on Nov 21, 2013

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