Evolution at it's finest!

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Comment by Physeter on June 12, 2013 at 11:27pm

Leaf bug!

But, responding to the other posters here, no I don't think a creationist would be at all speechless when confronted with this bug, nor do I think they would concede it looks anything like evolution. They would say such an intricately designed bug could never have evolved, but must have been made by the great Artist, because how could random chance ever make a bug that looks like a leaf?

From a more rational perspective though, yeah. Evolution is really somethin.

Comment by Torgonous on June 13, 2013 at 8:56am

@Steve - I don't remember which book of Dawkins (Selfish Gene, Extended Phenotype, River out of Eden, etc.) it was that I first read this concept, but having done so...my mind was sufficiently blown.  I know he's vilified by the religious for his atheism, but what so many people fail to understand is that he is first and foremost an evolutionary biologist, and a damn good one too. 

Comment by Unseen on June 13, 2013 at 5:26pm

Reminds me of one of my favorite sci-fi movies: Mimic.

Comment by Unseen on June 13, 2013 at 5:28pm

The same evolutionary forces that created that bug, peregrine falcons, cheetahs, and geckos also created this...

Comment by Doug Reardon on June 13, 2013 at 9:53pm

When I was a wee child, lampreys came up the St. Lawrence seaway and invaded the great lakes, the mere thought of them attaching themselves to us was enough to keep us from swimming in lake Ontario, yech!

Comment by SteveInCO on June 17, 2013 at 9:47pm

That lamprey is a far closer relative of ours than that leaf insect.  Actually it reminds me of some lawyers and politicians I know so apparently the relationship is closer than I realized.

Comment by Suzanne Olson-Hyde on June 18, 2013 at 9:29am
Isn't it just beautiful. Even down to the brown edges of a leaf. Nature is truly amazing. I wonder what the underside looks Like?
Comment by Mike Cole on August 9, 2013 at 9:49am

this is the most amazing critter I've ever seen.  AWESOME!!  Thanks for posting.

Comment by H3xx on August 9, 2013 at 1:54pm

*shudders* damn I hate bugs. Have no idea why, but I hate them. That thing would get smashed the second it moved.

Comment by Ed on August 10, 2013 at 8:39am

@H3xx

If it poses no threat why feel motivated to destroy it?

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