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Horned Hemipteran

Observed: 1st August 2013 By: orchid_borchid_b’s reputation in Invertebratesorchid_b’s reputation in Invertebratesorchid_b’s reputation in Invertebratesorchid_b’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Description:

Extraordinary insect found in moth trap. Released on to a small tree, it immediately found a cut-off twig on which it found excellent camouflage.
With its false eyes, It looks like a lizard/crocodile or maybe frogmouth that waits for its prey to approach, but I guess is just avoiding detection by predators, or perhaps trying to frighten them away.

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rockwolf's picture

Found a larva....

last month http://www.flickr.com/photos/rock_wolf/9245609093 which are even more peculiar!! Fabulous creatures they are! :-)

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Ledra

Thanks - yes that's it. Pity mine was worn, but the photos of fresh ones are amazing - looks like a miniature cross between a horned lizard and duck-billed platypus!

The camouflage was superb once it settled too. Will have trouble finding one in habitat. Nymph even more so - you did well there.

Jamie from Briantspuddle