September 25, 2009
Flag-Footed Bug and Passionflower
Photograph by Christian Ziegler
This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Magazine
A bird zeroing in on a flag-footed bug perched on a passionflower might see the flutter of red "flags"—the insect's attempt to divert the hunter's bite to nonessential limbs, away from its vital core.
Anisocelis flavolineata (insect); Passiflora sp. (flower)
See more photographs from the August 2009 feature story "The Art of Deception."