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These Giant Leaf Insects Will Sway Your Heart | Deep Look


When is a leaf… …not a leaf? When it’s got a face and six pointy legs. It’s a giant Malaysian leaf insect. You are what you eat definitely applies here. They blend in with their food – which is also
their home – to hide from hungry predators. But how hard is it to be a leaf, really? You just stay still. Really still. But it takes more than that. The mimicry is masterful. Their bodies have intricate veins, just like
a plant does. And on the edges, brown spots, like a crinkly,
damaged leaf. This type of camouflage – where you copy
your natural surroundings – is known as protective resemblance. It’s all they have, since their short antennae
and small eyes don’t really help them spot predators. They cling there, with tiny bifurcated toes. Moving is the biggest mistake this insect
could make. Even when it’s time to lay eggs, it barely
moves a muscle. The eggs just plop down to the forest floor. They’re camouflaged, too. They look like teeny brown seeds… …or leaf insect poop. That’s an egg … and that’s poop. The active young nymphs start out brown, and
transform gradually – taking on a little more green over time. This one’s halfway to a fresh leaf. Its color is set, though. It can’t change it on the fly. But this nymph still has a big migration to
make – getting into a tree – undetected. So, it sways. Yep, like a leaf in the breeze. That funky little walk is all leaf – a dance
of disguise. When it finally ascends, it’ll settle in
seamlessly like this adult. Between nymph and adult, it molts, or sheds
its exoskeleton seven times. Its appearance ages just like a leaf – its
brown spots getting bigger. It may never move from the same tree, living
its whole life as a cunningly concealed copy-cat. Hey there, it’s Lauren. We’ve got more tricky critters for you. Like decorator crabs, who wear stinging anemones. And squid that change the way light bounces
off their skin. Also – we’re close to funding a filming
expedition to Oaxaca, Mexico, to see mezcal worms and other critters. Join us on Patreon today to get us there. We’ve got a limited-time special offer to
sweeten the deal. Link is in the description. Thanks!

Otis Rodgers

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100 COMMENTS

  1. aDeathlyBuzz_ 5 Posted on November 7, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    I have stick insects

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  2. Goodluck Frank Posted on November 7, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    Gods creation. god is great

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  3. Thanos Posted on November 7, 2019 at 11:06 pm

    I have entomophobia so can't relate

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  4. ABHIN VIJAY Posted on November 8, 2019 at 1:48 am

    It is common in Kerala

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  5. Mr Animal Posted on November 8, 2019 at 2:11 am

    Me trynna fit into society be like.

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  6. Tyke Handsome Posted on November 8, 2019 at 2:20 am

    Gotta be a brotha leaf. Leafer got rhythm.

    Reply
  7. Flipp Baby Posted on November 8, 2019 at 2:25 am

    Are they really leaves?

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  8. aen nunez Posted on November 8, 2019 at 2:26 am

    when i played the video . i was like WHOs that POKEMON . ..?

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  9. swarup kale Posted on November 8, 2019 at 3:15 am

    Her voice is nice

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  10. Craftman Seven Eighty Posted on November 8, 2019 at 3:40 am

    They're cute Uwu

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  11. Sam Thejus Posted on November 8, 2019 at 3:53 am

    3:07 when the leaf insect heard "hakuna matata"

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  12. Killber Amazuki Posted on November 8, 2019 at 3:56 am

    Meat for vegans haha

    Reply
  13. Techno Mania Posted on November 8, 2019 at 4:09 am

    Me : See's a leaf dancing
    also
    Me : what are those

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  14. AARCHIE EXPRESS ROCK IT Posted on November 8, 2019 at 4:37 am

    Hatssss of to d nature

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  15. T B Posted on November 8, 2019 at 4:41 am

    For all who ate a leaf 🍃 😂 now I know why they are healthy

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  16. Khan Nessy Posted on November 8, 2019 at 5:47 am

    Ye keeda h ya saag ka patta…. 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

    Reply
  17. Faizan Qazi Posted on November 8, 2019 at 6:04 am

    1:03 . Woah ! Just look how intricately it resembles a real leaf and also have some peripheral parts Brown and crumbled .
    And there are people thinking it's natural and just happens !
    They can't see that this universe exhibit certain consistency and logic . If it were a little bit disturbed there'd be no life on this planet . It's just perfectly designed and conditioned for the life to survive here .

    Reply
  18. bipul kalita Posted on November 8, 2019 at 7:01 am

    Is there any money insect too?

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  19. 林幹傑 Posted on November 8, 2019 at 8:02 am

    Yeah, I saw (learned) this in a book at my primary school days. It's amazing, and I wonder how evolution do his magic with these kinds of insects.
    That's why there are still a few people believe that is the works of God, "engineers", whatsoever.

    Reply
  20. hamza awan Posted on November 8, 2019 at 9:59 am

    Allah Allah.Allah Allah Allah Allah Allah

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  21. *MiN hA* Posted on November 8, 2019 at 1:29 pm

    Bird-1: it's a insect.
    Bird-2: no it's a leaf.
    Bird-3: I think it's a dancing leaf.
    That insect: 3 idiots

    Reply
  22. Nilima Lama Posted on November 8, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    This insect is avilable in Himalayas of Nepal n people thought the leaf beagan to move because of gost hahahha even i but actually its an insect hahahah

    Reply
  23. Rowshonara Begum Posted on November 8, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    Incredible creations by the almighty creator

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  24. COLD. Posted on November 8, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    Now I'm scared even if I see a leaf..

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  25. COLD. Posted on November 8, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    That's such a brilliant creation by god

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  26. Dan Posted on November 8, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    These make macro evolutionists a laughing stock lol

    Reply
  27. Rizwan Kazi Posted on November 8, 2019 at 11:48 pm

    I can't trust my salad, after watching this.

    Reply
  28. sttubornpositive Posted on November 9, 2019 at 12:57 am

    Wow thanx for the movie love this

    Reply
  29. Nad Lia Posted on November 9, 2019 at 1:49 am

    Still dances better than me

    Reply
  30. pepo sudanie Posted on November 9, 2019 at 2:03 am

    sobhan elkhalek el azeem..sobhanallah. thanks for that video

    Reply
  31. Baki sama Posted on November 9, 2019 at 2:13 am

    There is no power no might besides Allâh's.

    Reply
  32. Avin 0_0 Posted on November 9, 2019 at 2:20 am

    no I I'm also having leafobia 😥

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  33. Mr. Oof Posted on November 9, 2019 at 2:48 am

    Catterpillar:*Bites leaf*
    Leaf:*Screams*
    Catterpillar: WHAT THE FU-

    Reply
  34. hacker Posted on November 9, 2019 at 4:03 am

    Mountain BULBUL bird Pilipino knows

    Reply
  35. DungeonWolf Posted on November 9, 2019 at 4:37 am

    I cant imagine how much of these i tore up 😞

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  36. Sheikh Suleiman Posted on November 9, 2019 at 5:37 am

    I'm very scared of leaf insects. They freak me out

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  37. James Oigo Posted on November 9, 2019 at 7:11 am

    Mmm let me protect my home by looking like it sh..sh..sh I shouldn't be seen by guys commenting here

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  38. Huiyang Ong Posted on November 9, 2019 at 7:57 am

    As a Malaysian I have never seen a leaf insect like this 😂 Or Maybe just that I didn't recognise them

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  39. kazeshini Posted on November 9, 2019 at 9:49 am

    This makes you want to reconsider touching a leaf out side

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  40. Saher Javaid Posted on November 9, 2019 at 10:08 am

    Indeed Allah swt is the best creater ❤❤

    Reply
  41. Lam Le Posted on November 9, 2019 at 10:31 am

    Me when i see my ex

    Reply
  42. ack abla ack yeet IDK IDK Posted on November 9, 2019 at 11:15 am

    we lives in malaysia me

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  43. Cäsper The cat Posted on November 9, 2019 at 11:57 am

    Everybody gangsta till the leaves start crawling.

    Reply
  44. Farazam Maleeq Posted on November 9, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    SubhanAllah😍😍😍

    Reply
  45. Smallsalltheway ! Posted on November 9, 2019 at 2:39 pm

    Sooo many here in Mississippi

    Reply
  46. MonkeY.D. LuffY Posted on November 9, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    Can this leaf harm us??

    Reply
  47. stephopal opal Posted on November 9, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    I love frkn this!! So much more we can learn from forest and ocean and care for..Magnificent!! Much Respect StephopalOpal New Orleans Louisiana

    Reply
  48. Bruffle Posted on November 9, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    bro that's not just any plant insect, that's my pokemon leafy

    Reply
  49. max deb Posted on November 9, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    @DeepLook
    do those insects use photosynthesis with chloroplasts like actual leaves or are they just animals which use cell respiration

    Reply
  50. Parakeet-Army 010 Posted on November 9, 2019 at 6:49 pm

    Ahhh my heart

    Reply
  51. Nonaa Posted on November 9, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    After this and you still don't believe in Allah then i feel bad for you 😭🤲Allahuakbar

    Reply
  52. Jen Silvano Posted on November 9, 2019 at 8:53 pm

    How cute when it dance lol 😆

    Reply
  53. reloaded extremes Posted on November 10, 2019 at 12:05 am

    God is greet

    Reply
  54. KingMaru Posted on November 10, 2019 at 1:01 am

    What if a leaf eating insect tries to get it mistaking it for an actual leaf like a beatle or leaf cutter ant ?

    Reply
  55. Wrestlers Indeed Posted on November 10, 2019 at 1:52 am

    A leaf is also an insect
    My whole life was lie

    Reply
  56. Sonu Lohat Posted on November 10, 2019 at 2:33 am

    Story of Evolution: man has learned to be sly, hypocritical

    Reply
  57. gabrielwillames Posted on November 10, 2019 at 2:50 am

    man.. the world is just incredible

    Reply
  58. Sharon Kamei Posted on November 10, 2019 at 5:16 am

    I have seen this insect before when I was a little girl and was shocked to see a leaf moving…and then I observed closely and still thought it was a leaf that happens to become alive 😁🐱

    Reply
  59. Sheryle Garcia Posted on November 10, 2019 at 8:07 am

    Mom: Jayden!

    Me: What!?

    Mom: Go clean the leafy vegetables.

    Me: ……

    Me: No

    Mom: Why!?

    Me: Their creepy crawlers

    Mom: 🙄😑 Sigh why!??!?!?

    Reply
  60. Jeffreai Poblete Posted on November 10, 2019 at 8:54 am

    Beauty of creation..

    Reply
  61. Delta么 Gaming Posted on November 10, 2019 at 10:57 am

    So…basically Insect with ghilli suit…

    Reply
  62. Rikka Summer Posted on November 10, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    i've seen this real life, really awesome insect

    Reply
  63. Sandy Tracker Posted on November 10, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    Heck, how smart are they?🤔😂😅

    Reply
  64. Khalil Khan Posted on November 10, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    Imagine how complex our world is that we cannot completely grasp on it.

    Reply
  65. Nero Crosser Posted on November 10, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    Looks at title : hmmm..
    Looks at thumbnail : What's a clickbait ?

    Reply
  66. Its merrr Posted on November 10, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    Aww it will sway my shoe💖

    Reply
  67. Jasmine Snow Skincareguru Posted on November 10, 2019 at 11:06 pm

    God is amazing

    Reply
  68. Dance classes with riyanshi Posted on November 11, 2019 at 1:48 am

    Is this harmful

    Reply
  69. Pavan Nadageri Posted on November 11, 2019 at 2:28 am

    Evolution :
    Time to freak out vegans!

    Reply
  70. Between the Lines Posted on November 11, 2019 at 6:48 am

    Police: what's the problem?
    Me: there's a leaf in my house.

    Reply
  71. Reichel Raine Posted on November 11, 2019 at 10:27 am

    does it eat people?

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  72. The Ignorant Fishermen Posted on November 11, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    Glory to God!

    Reply
  73. Josphin Antony Posted on November 11, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    This is why i hate salads. You never know.

    Reply
  74. Okay To Posted on November 11, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    I live for the wobble walk

    Reply
  75. Crystal Posted on November 11, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    ;~; Can you imagine walking home and you’re about to step on a crunchy leaf and you step on one of these bois 😔
    I’d be big sad ngl

    Reply
  76. Ramsha Zahid Posted on November 11, 2019 at 5:58 pm

    Subhan'Allah

    Reply
  77. Chappstick Posted on November 11, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    So what have I been stepping on?

    Reply
  78. Mikhaelle Salcedo Posted on November 12, 2019 at 4:19 am

    It's just amazing how on earth God created those creatures, may just to confuse us? 😁

    Reply
  79. Tumi Mamabolo Posted on November 12, 2019 at 6:10 am

    Caught myself swaying to that tune as well 😂

    Reply
  80. Bijeesh Biji Posted on November 12, 2019 at 6:52 am

    In my hometown small pieces of stick appears to insect

    Reply
  81. EonShade Posted on November 12, 2019 at 11:58 am

    I cant trust leaves no more

    Reply
  82. lyfyhua Posted on November 12, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    Omg they so cute 😁😁😁😁

    Reply
  83. Aaisha Siddiqua Posted on November 12, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    Mashallah

    Reply
  84. SONGE BOB Posted on November 12, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    OH HE'S DANCING

    Reply
  85. Mr Snek Posted on November 12, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    It's so cute…
    Dose it photosynthesis?

    Reply
  86. anamika means unnamed Posted on November 12, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    Nature …..

    Reply
  87. aaronpiper92 Posted on November 12, 2019 at 10:30 pm

    no need to fear, leafy is here ^^

    Reply
  88. Roop Posted on November 13, 2019 at 2:02 am

    I am wondering what they eat ?

    Reply
  89. Christopher Worthington Posted on November 13, 2019 at 7:37 am

    Dont be suspicious, dont beee suspicious

    Reply
  90. Hero Jack Posted on November 13, 2019 at 4:14 pm

    How leaf insects formed? Are these evolved from leaves?

    Reply
  91. josee fanko Posted on November 13, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    Wonderful God.

    Reply
  92. Ellie Kim Posted on November 13, 2019 at 4:35 pm

    I want to see that kind of insect omg!❤ next how they making an egg pls!😘

    Reply
  93. AA1250 Posted on November 13, 2019 at 4:49 pm

    It is an insect that looks like a leaf
    Question IS IT A LEAF ?

    Reply
  94. I have a small penis but Posted on November 13, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    Now I am wondering if the leaves I walked on years ago were real leaves

    Reply
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