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First glace - scorpion. Second glance - Spiny Leaf Insect!
A master of disguise, this stick insect also resembles an ant when it first hatches, which is important -- because the eggs are carried into ants' nests when first dropped by the female, and hatch underground! The camouflage helps them avoid detection as an intruder and escape to the surface.

Nice capture by our guide Chris.

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