This strangely flat creature is Dysodius lunatus – the appropriately named flat bug.
Flat bugs are built this way for a reason. Most species live on tree trunks under the bark. Tropical species tend to branch out a bit more and can be found in leaf litter or on fallen branches and twigs. I was incredibly lucky to find this one out in the open, in full sun, sitting on a leaf just above my head. (Via Wikipedia)
Every time someone chooses to use pesticides, countless numbers of known (and still unknown) species of arthropods are effected. Please make 2017 the year you research and learn all the many ways you can control pests around your work and home without poisoning them and the environment.
Don’t do it just for the pollinators who get most of the spotlight. Do it for the funny flat bugs, the round bugs, the pretty bugs, and even the ugly bugs. They are all living beings who deserve a chance to live out their little lives doing gigantically interesting things.
Also, if you or anyone you know appreciates the important role of arthropods and would like to get involved on a deeper level and support my photography and conservation efforts, please visit Patreon.com/KarlaThompson
The pollinators and I thank you!
Nikon D3x, Nikkor 200mm macro, ISO100, 1/160, F7.1, two diffused SB200 flash heads, tripod
December 2016, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica