Saturday, November 25, 2023

New Walking Leaf Species Found

Leaf Bugs have been around for a long time, we have seen them beyond their amazing hidden camouflage. It was very recently until some new species were discovered though. The scientists call these bugs "Walking Leafs" due to their ability to hide in plain sight.
They intimidate twigs and leaves, copying everything down to the shape, size, and color.  A study published in the ZooKeys Journal gave us a new outlook on these bugs. The lead researcher Dr. Sarah Bank-Aubin tested their genetics to analyze these species to figure out their genetic backgrounds. There are around 3,500 known species of stick and leaf insects.
These insects are essential to our environment, without them there would be many problems, the scientists call this "Hidden Diversity" which I thought was interesting. The discovery of these insects should be a reminder of the intricate web of insects we have on this planet, and how much more we still have to discover. These bugs hold extreme value to the scientific community due to their ability to be able to benefit an environment, and ability to hide so well.



  1. Leaf bugs are full of surprises! It makes me wonder how many more new species we will discover as we analyze the genome of organisms previously thought to be of the same species.

  2. This is such an interesting post! The ability of leaf bugs to camouflage so well and effectively truly does show the hidden diversity in different environments and ecosystems. It does remind us of the intricate web of species and the role of insects in our ecosystem. It is exciting to think about what other species we have not yet identified as their own. I wonder what other discoveries will unveil about the contributions of these insects and our understanding of the natural world