Surprises in Nature

Challenge #157 in the Life in the Natural World series. Hosted by RuthC.
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In this nature challenge, show the viewers something you have found which is beautiful, interesting, in an unexpected place, or makes you pause and wonder at it. Perhaps it is a flowering plant growing in a sidewalk, (footpath), an insect on a flower, where you didn't expect it to be, wave patterns in the sand, a 'face' in the bark of a tree.... There should be an element of surprise in your entry, so the viewer is able to enjoy that moment too. Macro and close-ups welcome. Please, no humans, domestic pets, and minimal man-made structures. Size of entry: 1,600px MAXIMUM on the longer side.
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Giant Leaf Insect
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Picture taken in Wayanad, Kerala, India
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Submitted: Monday, 29th June, 2015 14:47 (GMT)
Taken: Thursday, 3rd December, 2009
Focal length: 85 mm
Shutter speed: 1/125 sec
Aperture: F7.1
ISO: 100
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