Ant-mimicking nymph of a longhorned grasshopper
This nymph of a (false) katydid or bush-cricket, ~2-3 cm, looks like a giant ant (mimicry);however, ants (Hymenoptera) neither have such - long - antennae nor such strong hind-legs (femur)! The colouration supports the mimicry: the dark colour of antennae is interrupted by a broad white part, hence they seem to be short like the ones of ants. The same happens with the colourful neon-stripes that legs seem thin and the body seems constricted… like a real ant!
Subfamily: Phaneropterinae, Family: Tettigoniidae 
Table Mountain National Park, Gunung Meja, West Papua, Indonesia
(photo: Guido Bohne)

Ant-mimicking nymph of a longhorned grasshopper

This nymph of a (false) katydid or bush-cricket, ~2-3 cm, looks like a giant ant (mimicry);however, ants (Hymenoptera) neither have such - long - antennae nor such strong hind-legs (femur)! The colouration supports the mimicry: the dark colour of antennae is interrupted by a broad white part, hence they seem to be short like the ones of ants. The same happens with the colourful neon-stripes that legs seem thin and the body seems constricted… like a real ant!

Subfamily: Phaneropterinae, Family: Tettigoniidae

Table Mountain National Park, Gunung Meja, West Papua, Indonesia

(photo: Guido Bohne)

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