Comment by Teri G on February 4, 2013 at 12:50pm
That's amazing.
Comment by matt.clerke on February 7, 2013 at 5:16pm

What the hell have you done to that..... oh good god look at that!

Comment by Jorita on March 23, 2013 at 3:22pm

I love bugs! 

Comment by Torgonous on June 12, 2013 at 5:19pm

THIS!!!!!!  This is evolution.  All the "if we evolved from monkeys, why are there still monkeys" reject arguments.  I want some creationist to explain the nuance of every detail of this critter in any form that isn't an evolved species to fool predators (and prey) into thinking that it is nothing more than a leaf.  Just amazing.

Comment by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on June 12, 2013 at 5:38pm
Comment by Diane on June 12, 2013 at 6:09pm

I suppose a deity could have created it, but why?  The only palatable reason I can think of for this insect to exist is that it evolved this way.  For anyone to say, I don't know... what would a creationist say about this?  That we shouldn't question God's ways?  That they were made to test people's faith?  If that's why, then my faith fails the test.  

On the other hand, the fact that, as I believe, all life is shaped by the process of evolution by natural selection is fantastic almost beyond words.  I am humbled by these insects.  That each and every one of their ancestors since the beginning of life survived and contributed to their DNA and its manifestation as superbly leaf-like beings somehow makes me feel good about existing in a way no church, preacher or holy book ever has.  

If I somehow seem over-exuberant about these small creatures, please indulge me a bit.  I just finished a five-mile walk during which I saw bees pollinating the flowers which will produce the raspberries and blackberries I will be picking in mid-July.  As I watched them I thought of Darwin's much-quoted passage in On the Origin of Species in which he contemplates the existence and history of all of the life forms in any random patch of nature, such as a rural roadside embankment.

Who needs a god when we've got bees, berries, and leaf-insects?

Comment by Torgonous on June 12, 2013 at 6:13pm

@Diane - So well said.  Bravo.  :D

Comment by SteveInCO on June 12, 2013 at 7:41pm

this is what Dawkins (and perhaps many others) calls an "arms race"; the prey evolves to be better concealed, the predator gets better visual apparatus and gray matter firmware to process the images looking for the prey.

This is also why trees are so tall in spite of the fact that if everything were 1 foot tall they'd be able to capture the same delicious photons... for less cost!  But if your neighbor plant is just a little bit taller than you are, you are at a disadvantage, so evolution favors taller and taller trees.

If one insists that god did make this species, one has to decide whose side god is on:  the prey or the predator?

Comment by Doug Reardon on June 12, 2013 at 8:29pm

I'm glad to see you got that out of your salad before you ate it!

Comment by SteveInCO on June 12, 2013 at 8:51pm

I'm glad to see you got that out of your salad before you ate it!

I imagine that would be a vegan's nightmare.

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