National Geographic : 1944 Dec
A leaf that can walk THE CEYLONESE walking leaf is a very re markable insect. Unlike his ferocious cousin, the praying mantis, he is a gentle leaf-eater and has no special equipment with which to defend himself against enemies. But the walking leaf is usually in little danger of attack. A tree dweller, his camouflage is one of the most extraordinary found among insects. It protects him in all stages of his existence. His eggs look exactly like shriveled, spiny seeds. When the young walking leaves emerge, they are wingless, reddish, and glossy, nearly impossible to distinguish from buds at the ends of branches, where they usually feed. The green body of a full-grown walking leaf is shaped and veined in precise replica of a leaf. The legs are flattened to appear like smaller leaves and are even stained yellow, with ragged edges, as if injured by nibbling insects. Yet despite this elaborate disguise, the walk ing leaf has another habit which may serve as an additional precaution for safety. When a wind stirs the tree, he often wiggles himself back and forth in perfect imitation of the agitated leaves. Now obviously, camouflage is of little use to a man in trying to protect himself from the many hazards of his everyday life. He has had to work out for himself other safeguards against danger. But the wise man knows even the most effi cient safety measures cannot make him secure. So he takes an additional precaution to guar antee his financial safety in the event of mishaps which he cannot foresee or prevent. This pre caution is insurance. Perhaps you haven't thought about your insurance problems lately, or considered that war increases property values and in other ways changes protection needs. For example, the fire and theft insurance you arranged several years ago may no longer be adequate. Despite gasoline rationing, motor accidents have increased. All kinds of transportation in volve greater risks. Your accident insurance is more important than ever. It's a good time to check with your local Travelers man. MORAL: Insure in The Travelers. All forms of insurance and surety bonds. The Travelers Insurance Company, The Travelers Indemnity Company, The Travelers Fire Insurance Com pany, Hartford, Connecticut.