What are Walking Leaves?

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An international research team recently described seven previously unknown species of leaf insects, also known as walking leaves.

About Walking Leaves:

  • Walking Leaves, also called leaf insects, are insects that look very similar to leaves. 
  • They are any of more than 50 species of flat, usually green insects (order Phasmida, or Phasmatodea) that are known for their striking leaflike appearance.
  • They feed on plants and typically inhabit densely vegetated areas. 
  • Distribution: Their natural range extends from islands in the Indian Ocean, across parts of mainland South Asia and Southeast Asia, to Papua New Guinea and Australia in the western Pacific.
  • Features:
    • They measure roughly 28 to 100 mm (1.1 to 3.9 inches) in body length.
    • Males tend to be smaller than females. 
    • They are mostly brown or greensome slightly speckled or have serrated edges like nibbled leaves.
    • Movement: They sway and rock back and forth, imitating the motion of leaves in the breeze.
    • Female walking leaves cannot fly. Males can fly short distances thanks to their well-developed hind wings.
    • The arms and legs of walking leaves can regenerate.
    • Reproduction: These insects reproduce sexually, with females laying eggs. The eggs often resemble seeds or plant structures, adding to their camouflage.


Q1) What is Regeneration?

"Regeneration" refers to the process of renewal, regrowth, or restoration of damaged, injured, or lost body tissues, organs, or cells. It is a fundamental biological process that occurs in various organisms, including humans, and is critical for maintaining health and recovering from injuries or illnesses.

Source: Curious and cryptic: New leaf insects discovered