Katydids and Walking Sticks

I’m always particularly interested in creatures that employ camouflage as their primary means of defence against predation. Leaf-mimic Katydids and Stick Insects are masters of camouflage. Katydid nymphs often look like smaller versions of the adults, but in some species, the nymphs look nothing at all like the adult and rather mimic other species such as spiders and assassin bugs, or flowers, to prevent predation. These photos were all taken in Costa Rica, from Tortuguerro to the Monteverde cloud forest, and they have been added to the gallery.