leaf insect


leaf insect
any of several orthopterous insects of the family Phillidae, of southern Asia and the East Indies, having a body that resembles a leaf in color and form. Also called walking leaf.
[1860-65]

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Any of about 25 species of flat green insects (family Phylliidae) with a leaflike appearance.

Leaf insects, which range from India to the Fiji Islands, are about 2.3 in. (60 mm) long. The female has large leathery forewings (tegmina) that lie edge to edge on the abdomen and resemble, in their vein pattern, the midrib and veins in a leaf. The hind wings have no function. The male has small tegmina and ample, non-leaflike, functional hind wings. The newly hatched young are reddish, but become green after feeding on leaves.

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insect
also called  walking leaf  
 any of about 30 species of flat, green insects (order Phasmida) that have a leaflike appearance. The female has large leathery forewings (tegmina) that lie edge to edge on the abdomen and resemble, in their vein pattern, the midrib and veins in a leaf. Females are flightless and so the hindwings have no function. The male has small tegmina and ample, non-leaflike, functional hindwings. Newly hatched young are reddish in colour and become green after feeding on leaves. Colour and form provide protection by allowing these insects to blend with their environment.

      All species of leaf insects are about 60 mm (2.3 inches) long and range from India to the Fiji Islands. These are related to the stick insects in the family Phasmatidae (compare walkingstick).

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Universalium. 2010.

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  • Leaf insect — Leaf Leaf (l[=e]f), n.; pl. {Leaves} (l[=e]vz). [OE. leef, lef, leaf, AS. le[ a]f; akin to S. l[=o]f, OFries. laf, D. loof foliage, G. laub, OHG. loub leaf, foliage, Icel. lauf, Sw. l[ o]f, Dan. l[ o]v, Goth. laufs; cf. Lith. lapas. Cf. {Lodge}.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • leaf insect — n. any of a family (Phylliidae, order Phasmatoptera) of sluggish, winged insects that resemble leaves …   English World dictionary

  • leaf insect — /ˈlif ɪnsɛkt/ (say leef insekt) noun a phasmid which disguises itself in the shape and colour of a leaf, as the spiny leaf insect …   Australian English dictionary

  • leaf insect — leaf′ in sect n. ent any of several orthopterous insects of the family Phillidae, of S Asia and the Malay Archipelago, having a body that resembles a leaf in color and form Also called walking leaf • Etymology: 1860–65 …   From formal English to slang

  • leaf insect — noun tropical insect having a flattened leaflike body; common in southern Asia and the East Indies • Syn: ↑walking leaf • Hypernyms: ↑phasmid, ↑phasmid insect • Member Holonyms: ↑Phyllium, ↑genus Phyllium …   Useful english dictionary

  • leaf insect — noun a large slow moving tropical insect with a flattened leaf like body. [Family Phylliidae.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • spiny leaf insect — noun a phasmid, Extatosoma tiaratum, which hangs from a leaf or twig and resembles a curled leaf in colours ranging from green to brown depending on the vegetation eaten, wattle leaves producing green, and eucalypts dark brown insects …   Australian English dictionary

  • Leaf — (l[=e]f), n.; pl. {Leaves} (l[=e]vz). [OE. leef, lef, leaf, AS. le[ a]f; akin to S. l[=o]f, OFries. laf, D. loof foliage, G. laub, OHG. loub leaf, foliage, Icel. lauf, Sw. l[ o]f, Dan. l[ o]v, Goth. laufs; cf. Lith. lapas. Cf. {Lodge}.] 1. (Bot.) …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Leaf beetle — Leaf Leaf (l[=e]f), n.; pl. {Leaves} (l[=e]vz). [OE. leef, lef, leaf, AS. le[ a]f; akin to S. l[=o]f, OFries. laf, D. loof foliage, G. laub, OHG. loub leaf, foliage, Icel. lauf, Sw. l[ o]f, Dan. l[ o]v, Goth. laufs; cf. Lith. lapas. Cf. {Lodge}.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Leaf bridge — Leaf Leaf (l[=e]f), n.; pl. {Leaves} (l[=e]vz). [OE. leef, lef, leaf, AS. le[ a]f; akin to S. l[=o]f, OFries. laf, D. loof foliage, G. laub, OHG. loub leaf, foliage, Icel. lauf, Sw. l[ o]f, Dan. l[ o]v, Goth. laufs; cf. Lith. lapas. Cf. {Lodge}.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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