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Leaf Mimic Katydid


This katydid is approximately 3 inches long (body) and is a female as indicated by the sword like ovipositor, jutting past the abdomen. Note the details of the forewings and the amazing mimicry of leaf veins, decay, and herbivory!


Rainforest of the upper Amazon, down river from Iquitos, Peru.


The best time to find leaf mimic katydids is at night when they are actively foraging. A slow walk down a rainforest trail with a head lamp or flashlight often results in several spottings. During the day they are incredibly well camouflaged and very difficult to find.

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Iquitos, Peru

Lat: -3.23, Long: -72.93

Spotted on Jun 19, 2005
Submitted on Mar 15, 2012

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