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The Walking Leaf

This short post brings us to a close look at one of the walking leaves in Singapore - Gray's Leaf Insect (Phyllium bioculatum). It was found dangling on a roped railing doing some gymnastics when it was found. Thanks to Chris and Andrew for sharing the find!

Gray's Leaf Insect (Phyllium bioculatum) - DSC_4951 #1 Despite the clever disguise, the outline of the leaf insect is obvious!

Gray's Leaf Insect (Phyllium bioculatum) - DSC_4926 #2 The body bears a perfect resemblance to a leaf

Gray's Leaf Insect (Phyllium bioculatum) - DSC_4961 #3 Due to the weight of the abdomen, the rear is often flapped up. This picture had been rotated 180 degrees for viewing comfort

Gray's Leaf Insect (Phyllium bioculatum) - DSC_4983 #4 Oh yeah face to face!

Gray's Leaf Insect (Phyllium bioculatum) - DSC_4986 #5 Side view of the walking leaf

Gray's Leaf Insect (Phyllium bioculatum) - DSC_4954 #6 At different angles, it might be almost impossible to spot it!

Gray's Leaf Insect (Phyllium bioculatum) - DSC_5017 #7 Going closer! This Leaf Insect is actually a Stick Insect (Phasmatodea)

Gray's Leaf Insect (Phyllium bioculatum) - DSC_4938 #8 All ready to party!!

Gray's Leaf Insect (Phyllium bioculatum) - DSC_4988 #9 It is most comfortable when dangling upside down

Gray's Leaf Insect (Phyllium bioculatum) - DSC_5051 #10 Started playing with my flashes

Gray's Leaf Insect (Phyllium bioculatum) - DSC_5038 #11 This was the acrobatic pose when it was found

Gray's Leaf Insect (Phyllium bioculatum) - DSC_5061 #12 Truly a leaf..!!

The full album can be viewed here.
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