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Moss mimic stick insect

Trychopeplus laciniatus


One of the most amazing, mind blowing and camouflaged insects I have ever seen. it's body and legs has leaf/lichen like appendages growing out of it, check out the last 2 pics to see how well it blends in.


pacific coast rainforest


The only reason I spotted this was because it was on a leaf moving its body back and forth in a swaying motion. I'm not sure what it was doing but it made it much easier to spot. I couldn't believe what I was seeing! Thankfully the insect was very calm and stayed very still even when it was on my hand. Spotted in San Cipriano forest reserve.

1 species ID suggestions

Moss mimic stick insect
Trychopeplus laciniatus , Trychopeplus laciniatus moss mimic stick bug

116 Comments (1–25)

crazeeeykins 2 weeks ago

It sure was but nothing compared to your moss mimic!

dandoucette 3 weeks ago

Yeah, it needs the wind to work. Sounds like a great find in SA.

crazeeeykins 3 weeks ago

I didn't see your full write-up when I commented last time. The movement you described is typical to stick insects. Maybe it mimics blowing in the wind? It doesn't work if there's no wind though!

I was in South Africa and saw a piece of dried grass moving like a stick insect. If it wasn't for the movement I wouldn't have even known it wasn't dried grass. It looked exactly the same as the dried grass next to it!

dandoucette 3 weeks ago

Thanks crazeeeykins.

crazeeeykins 4 weeks ago

I didn't know these existed. So cool! I used to keep stick insects as a chid.

dandoucette 7 months ago

Yup, that's the idea Hazel and it works pretty well! Gotta love nature!

HazelMarley 7 months ago

Oh my gosh it looks like a stick covered in moss!

dandoucette 8 months ago

Hahaha! Yes! Thanks RawrWildie.

RawrWildie 8 months ago

This is too cool to handle

dandoucette 9 months ago

Thanks bg11a8.

bg11a8 10 months ago

wow what an amazing creature! great spotting!

dandoucette 10 months ago

Thanks a lot Yasser! Ditto for me!

Yasser 10 months ago

One of the most amazing insects I've ever seen. Pure wow.

dandoucette 11 months ago

Thanks sarah, Carol and Joshua. Thanks for coming back to favorite this Carol.

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 11 months ago

I missed liking this for some reason. This is so so cool!

sarah in the woods
sarah in the woods 11 months ago

That is awesome! I didn't even know such a thing existed!

dandoucette 11 months ago

Thanks staccyh.

staccyh 11 months ago

Wow, that's amazing! Congrats on your find and thank you for sharing this amazing creature with us!

dandoucette a year ago

Gracias Diaz.

Diaz José Miguel
Diaz José Miguel a year ago

De lo mejor que he visto!

dandoucette a year ago

I'm not sure Juliana. So I've made a new discovery and expanded its known range?

JulianaTM1 a year ago

Hi, I think this family (Diapheromeridae) has not been reported for Colombia.

dandoucette a year ago

Thanks chadryanlinton and Miguel.

Miguel.Denyer a year ago

Amazing find!!

chadryanlinton1 a year ago

Its a baby treebeard (EMP)

Valle del Cauca, Colombia

Lat: 3.86, Long: -76.78

Spotted on Jan 21, 2013
Submitted on Apr 5, 2013

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