So maybe this spiny devil katydid (Panacanthus varius) is, yes, covered in spikes ... but look at that face. It's hard to resist.
According to a very long analyses of this many-pointed genus, the spines appear to serve three purposes: Defense, camouflage, and as a warning to potential predators. No evil involved! Thank you to photographer Andreas Kay for yet another incredible and rare glimpse into the forests of Ecuador.
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