A mating pair of Chinese mantids, Tenodera sinensis. Contrary to popular belief, the female does not always, or even often, consume the male during mating. Urbana, Illinois, USA
A leafhopper (Cicadellidae: Ledrinae) is perfectly colored for camouflage against Eucalyptus bark.
Harrietville, Victoria, Australia
Chyphotes is a wingless nocturnal wasp often mistaken for a velvet ant. In fact, this rare insect belongs to its own group of wasps (Chyphotidae).
A crab spider (Thomisidae), blending in among the goldenrod flowers, feasts on a fly.
Male stick insects are often much smaller than their female counterparts.
Minas Gerais, Brazil
Urbana, Illinois, USA
Battus philenor - Pipevine Swallowtail, pupa.
Tucson, Arizona, USA
Diapheromera femorata - Northern Walking Stick, female perched on an oak branch.
Parabacillus hesperus - Western Short-Horned Walking Stick.
Parabacillus hesperus - Western Short-Horned Walking Stick
Nylanderia phantasma is a delicate ant found only on sand ridges in central Florida. This species is small, the color of sand, and active at night, appearing as ghostly forms gliding nearly imperceptibly among the sand grains.
Archbold Biological Station, Florida, USA