Were you able to find the critter in the photo above? It’s in the lower right corner. Some of you may recognize this as another stick grasshopper in the family Proscopiidae, previously featured in Crypsis Challenge #3. They are so cryptic that I couldn’t resist doing another challenge with this one. Here’s an outline of the grasshopper if you’re still not seeing it.
Check out how closely the color and texture of the insect matches that of the surrounding vegetation.
Here’s another image where it’s blending in fairly well.
And here, I intentionally placed it on a nearby rock so its features would stand out.
They have such interesting faces that I couldn’t resist a profile shot. It actually looks a bit sinister here.
Most of those that commented found the critter. A few even guessed the identity correctly, but even the incorrect guesses were plausible. Good job, everyone.