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Phylliidae

(engl: Phylliidae)

Astonishing camouflage  

Through their leaf-like body, the Phylliidae look deceptively similar to a leaf. This camouflage is also called mimese (imitation) and helps protect the insects against predators. To make the resemblance more convincing, they mimic a leaf that moves in the wind by their swaying motions.

Male or female? 

Females look similar due to their body shape and their foliage-like overlapping wings, leaves which are even stronger than the males. They have short forewings and in contrast, fully developed hindwings, allowing the flightless females to fly short distances.

Wandelndes Blatt
Verbreitungsgebiet: Wandelndes Blatt
Verbreitungsgebiet: Wandelndes Blatt
Wissenschaftl. Name Phyllium giganteum
Ordnung Gespensterschrecken
Familie Phylliidae
Größe ♀ bis zu 10 cm, ♂ deutlich kleiner
Gewicht wenige Gramm
Fortpflanzung Fähigkeit zur Parthenogenese (=eingeschlechtliche Fortpflanzung), 90 - 200 Eier
Verbreitung Neuguinea, South East Asia
Lebensraum tropical forests
Nahrung Leaves
Bestand secured
Lebensdauer einige Monate