Friday, August 13, 2010

☆♥*♥☆ Leaf Insect Wisdom ☆♥*♥☆

by Lorraine Valente

Leaf Insect
Yesterday afternoon, while preparing to run errands, a very large green insect was grazing on the roof of my my auto parked inside the garage.  I originally thought it to be a praying mantis, yet upon closer examination saw that it was a leaf insect! Leaf insects are very closely related to stick insects and, just as stick-insects camouflage themselves as twigs, leaf insects are superbly camouflaged as a leaf. The insect looks remarkably like a beautifully defined, veined green leaf, with tiny spindly legs and very long antennae. Its uneven edges appear as much like natural leaves as possible. They also simulate swaying in the wind by appearing to be staggering when moving if any threat is detected in their vicinity. Some leaf insects are popularly known as a walking leaf. I scooped it up in a paper towel and placed it onto an outside flowerpot.

Leaf Insect
Leaf insects are the best examples of imitation, where the animal looks like its environment. It has been said that "Imitation is the highest form of flattery".

If leaf insect walked into your life today, it may be a reminder to blend with your environment.  It might be wise to camouflage your intentions and not discuss your future plans. Prepare quietly. Be alert to deception, people pretending to be some one or some thing they are not, pretension, copying ideas, or hidden agendas. Seeing isn't always believing! Animals and insects also remind us to use successful methods and techniques when laying the ground work for initiating new ventures.

Enjoy your day and remember, I'm available for consultations and readings 7 days via phone, e-mail or in-person.

Lorraine Valente

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