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Random Act of Metaphor: A Stilt-Legged Master of Disguise

September 1st, 2018 by Michael Dyet

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Hmmm, how often do we overlook Mother Nature’s best works?

I spend a great deal of time in Mother Nature’s grand and sprawling amphitheater chasing the enchanting creatures that inhabit her world. I cannot help but be wowed by the striking beauty of many of her children. The winged wonders I pursue are often adorned in a cloak of many colours that is both intricate and extravagant at the same time.

But periodically my perspective shifts, often by accident or chance, and I am reminded that the beauty of some creatures lie in the exquisite camouflage they wear.

Have you found the insect captured in the photo at the head of this post? Look in the middle of the photo on the green stem rising from the grass. This master of disguise is called a Katydid – a relative to grasshoppers.

I have no doubt that I have overlooked dozens, perhaps hundreds, of Katydids during my nature ramblings. They are actually quite large as insects go. But their colouration is perfectly, elegantly matched to the environment in which they live. Unless they happen to make a leap when we are watching, they go unnoticed which is no doubt an evolutionary advantage.

A stilt-legged Katydid hiding in plain sight – a random act of metaphor to remind me that some of Mother Nature’s best work is done with the subtlest strokes of her master artist’s brush.

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