Body shape is laterally compressed.

From a side perspective, the insect appears normal, but from vertically above, the insect appears quite narrow or flattened. Insects with this body shape include fleas (Siphonaptera), bugs (Hemiptera) and grasshoppers (Orthoptera). A common laterally compressed orthopteran is the ‘katydid’. Katydids are small green grasshoppers that use a flattened body shape for camouflage among leaves.