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The Walking Leaf

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13 September 2012
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..!!

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Hi my name is Nicky Bay. I am a macro photographer, instructor and book author, travelling the world to document the vast micro biodiversity that nature has to offer. Follow my updates and discover with me the incredible beauty and science behind our planet's micro creatures!

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