Animals disguised as plants

Meet with Manuel Lara the Animals disguised as plants.

Stick and leaf insects (order Phasmatodea) exhibit extreme forms of masquerade crypsis, imitating various parts of plants, such as twigs, bark, and live or dead leaves, which enables phasmatodeans to deceive visually hunting predators.

These forms of plant mimicry are brought to perfection through specialized behaviors, such as catalepsy (adaptive stillness) and imitation of a leaf swaying in the wind during daylight.