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11 amazing examples of insect camouflage

Dead Leaf Mantis

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Dead leaf mantis

This preying mantis looks like it has been covered in dead leaves; in fact, some of those "leaves" are actually parts of its own body. The incredibly convincing camouflage helps hide them from predators, but it also helps them to be predators too. A prey animal lurking in the leaf litter wouldn't know what hit it if it ran into one of these illusive hunters.