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leaf insect

n.
Any of various chiefly tropical Asian insects of the family Phylliidae that resemble leaves in color and form. Also called walking leaf.
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leaf insect

n
(Animals) any of various mostly tropical Asian insects of the genus Phyllium and related genera, having a flattened leaflike body: order Phasmida. See also stick insect
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leaf′ in`sect


n.
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.
[1860–65]
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Noun1.leaf insect - tropical insect having a flattened leaflike bodyleaf insect - tropical insect having a flattened leaflike body; common in southern Asia and the East Indies
phasmid, phasmid insect - large cylindrical or flattened mostly tropical insects with long strong legs that feed on plants; walking sticks and leaf insects
genus Phyllium, Phyllium - type genus of the Phyllidae
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This paper describes the digestive systems of several families of Phasmatodea (Timematidae, Heteropterygidae, Diapheromeridae, Pseudophasmatidae, and Phasmatidae) plus the gut microbiome of these and one other (Phylliidae) to both verify past findings and provide a general description of the Phasmatodea alimentary canal.
Phyllium bonifacioi is the latest addition to the Phyllium species, one of the four genera of the Phylliidae family.
The packages contain scrupulously produced publications made under the auspices of the institute, such as ICZ Phylliidae Studies, 2009, which focuses on "walking leaves," an ancient family of insects whose bodies precisely resemble bits of foliage, and The Whiteness of a Whale, 2010, the results of research into purported sightings of a rare cetacean near the Japanese city of Omishima.