Transparent, Antireflective, Cryptic

Cicada in the genus Neotibicen

Some species of cicadas can be difficult to locate even when loudly calling from trees. Their wings are transparent. Visually, they appear like part of the background because we can see the background through the wings. Blending into the background with transparent structures only works if the surface is non reflective. In the photo of the cicada (left) you can see the reflection of the sunlight off the the cuticle of the cicada’s body. If you look closely, you…

Source: Living With Insects Blog

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