Moments You Never Forget … (No. 4)

Posted by Axel Thorer on 10. Mai 2011

It's only a leaf! Yes, but it moves on six legs!


A large monstert, disguised as a green leaf ...

I tell you what the real problem is: You don’t want to kill it! Even after a shrill cry and a 3 yards high jump, because you sensed it first on your tummy inside the sleepingbag and then you saw it (after the jump) under your shirt. The „Moving Leaf“ (Phyllidae siccifolium). An insect, 4 1/2 in. long (like a man’s hand), 3 in. wide and 0,5 in. thick (that’s not much, but it’s full of stinky life). What else? Green as a leaf in spring, it can fly, crawl, tickle, scratch and bite and it lives where I just was – in the Cameron Highlands of Malaysia. What can you do? 1. Get slowly out of the sleepingbag, 2. Remove it carefully from your tummy, 3. Photograph it, otherwise people at home won’t believe you 4. Grab it with two fingers, 5. Throw it in the air. 6. Remember it as the animal which caused you one of the worst moments in life and was probably more afrais than you …

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