David Weiller a talented wildlife photographer has captured absolutely gorgeous footage of a beautiful markia hystrix, better known as a lichen katydid as it delicately walked along the branch of a tree covered in the distinctive white filamentous lichen.
See for yourself as this gorgeously detailed creature leisurely travels a length of it’s namesake model ,it’s hard to even tell where lichen ends and insect begins.
But with camouflage, the goal is to just disappear. A useful tool granted through generations of adaptation, it allows organisms to blend in against their backgrounds.
The detailing is so specific that even the dark solid body is etched with lines that look like the lichen, creating the illusion that this is nothing more than a strange tuft of ethereal lichen fronds.