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Weird 'skeletal' insect filmed in Costa Rica

By T.K. Randall
March 20, 2020 · Comment icon 7 comments

Have you ever seen an insect like this ? Image Credit: YouTube / Pen News / Antonieta Mora
Antonieta Mora had been out gathering fruit when she captured footage of this bizarre skeleton-like insect.
The 32-year-old language therapist couldn't understand what she was seeing when she first spotted what appeared to be a patch of moss moving on its own out of the corner of her eye.

"I was cutting fruits to make a fresh drink and suddenly I saw it," she said. "At first I thought it was a bit of moss, then I thought it was a cricket and then I didn't know if it was a type of praying mantis."

Upon closer inspection however it became apparent that the creature was none of those things. It seemed to be comprised of interlocking green thorns and it was possible to see straight through it.
"I was like, 'wow, that's incredible!' I had never seen one and I have lived all my life in rural areas," she said. "It is difficult to describe but it is dark green with lighter green."

After posting her footage up on Facebook however, an answer to the mystery was soon found - the peculiar insect was in fact a type of cricket known as Markia espinachi.

The reason it looks so skeletal is because the darker parts of its body blend perfectly into the background, creating the illusion that it is possible to see straight through it.

This clever trick enables the insect to remain perfectly camouflaged against predators.

Source: YouTube | Comments (7)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by flying squid 4 years ago
The nature is amazing!
Comment icon #2 Posted by bookwormwen 4 years ago
How fascinating that there are so many strange and otherworldly creatures in our own world!
Comment icon #3 Posted by DieChecker 4 years ago
Looks like a katydid. Looks to me like it is dark/light camouflage rather the just a light skeleton.  Very impressive none the less.
Comment icon #4 Posted by quiXilver 4 years ago
My son is going to freaking love this.  Thanks for sharing. He's a budding Entomologist with true fascination for all things insect and arachnid.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Kleng 4 years ago
That's awesome! Even for people who have lived their whole lives in a certain area, there's always something new to discover.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Saard 4 years ago
Comment icon #7 Posted by drakonwick 4 years ago
You nailed it, thanks! Really interesting insect. 

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