Just when you thought that camouflage couldn’t get any better, it does. Some of us have known the stick fly and a couple of leaf insects that are especially good at mimicking sticks or leafs to keep themselves from becoming a meal to some hungry bird. However, as opposed to how one would expect this type of insects to be a new breed adapting to the trying times, it so happens that this is not the case.
An international research team of scientist came out this past week with some rather bizarre news from a place that has of recent been involved with a lot of bizarre findings. According to the report, fossils of an insect known as the Cretophasmomima melanogramma was discovered on the Johel rock formation that is found in Liaoning in Northeastern China. This is the same rock that has been associated with other mind boggling findings of ancient animals that include some early birds and the particularly peculiar feathered dinosaur.
The scientists also further stated that the fossil of the said insect showed that it had wings that had parallel dark lines and that when the insect was in a resting position, it would disguise its stomach using a tongue-like shape. The is also said that the bug is believed to have mimicked a certain type of plant that is believed to have grown around the same time that is a close descendant of the Ginkgo-Tree which possessed the similar tongue-shaped leaves that were marked with a number of lines.
It is estimated that the female species of this insect measuring about 2.2 inches with the males slightly smaller than that lived in the cretaceous era which is the last time period of the Mesozoic era. The arrival of the small insect eating bird and the branch walking mammals could have sparked off these new predator avoidance strategies to safeguard their life. Currently, the largest known species of these intriguing insects which belong to the Phasmatodea order is known as the Chan’s megastick and is a habitant of Malaysia it measures up to 22 inches long making it among the most interesting insects because of its ability to disguise its presence given its large size.