I intended to write on the broader topic of natural selection’s role in animal camoflauge. But alas, somewhere along the way I got infatuated with a particular form of camoflauge: Mimesis, or mimicking.  Leaf mimics are so good at this game, they defy explanation.


  Natural selection is the process by which biological mutations that help a species succeed are passed to offspring. This vacuus theory sounds to me like the scientific equivalent of a hail mary. It may explain the tiger’s stripes or an owl’s night vision, but it fails to demonstrate how an insect can be more flora than fauna.

How do we know these little guys didn’t start as leaves, then grew legs to escape the annual caterpillar stampede?