Javanese Leaf Insect
|Geographical Range||Malaysia (in southeastern Asia)|
|Scientific Name||Phyllium giganteum|
|Conservation Status||Not listed by IUCN|
Is it animal or vegetable? Hard to tell just by looking at it!
These leaf-shaped Malaysian insects are hard to spot when they're sitting in a tree. They look just like the oak and guava leaves that they eat, right down to the browned "leaf" edges. Such a clever disguise helps these animals hide from predators. Leaf insects even sway back and forth when the wind blows, just like real leaves!