25 thoughts on “Still moar mimicy

  1. Of course parsimony demands assuming that random mutation and genetic drift are the cause of this monstrosity. Molecular biologists study this. They wear white lab coats and must be right. To say colors provide camouflage without knowing anything about developmental genetics, molecular biology, or cladistics is mere ignorant dogmatic adaptationism. Remember, appearances deceive.

    1. Monstrosity? That’s pretty arrogant. And they were described centuries before the first synthesis of an organic molecule, let alone any understanding of DNA. Guess where they were found? Among leaves.

  2. this is a gorgeous case of mimicry; i have never seen a leaf mimic, with multiple smaller leaves; note what appear to be eyespots on the leaves on the first pair of legs; it would give the insect the extra protection of subliminally (or even consciously) frightening a would-be predator; the never-ending beauty of the natural world and the never-ending complexity of good old deceit and self-deception

  3. I’d say the person holding the critter does some digging around in plants. There’s a ragged cut on the middle finger which could have been caused by something like a thorn or sawgrass.

  4. Now we know how herbivores became carnivores.
    ‘That’s a tasty looking leaf!’ Nom, nom, ‘Shit! That’s GOOD!’

    Evolution is not so hard to ‘esplain.

  5. Looks like an Eophyllium. But those are extinct. But definitely part of the Phylliidae family.
    I’m going with Phyllium giganteum also.

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