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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

112 Comments (1–25)

dandoucette 4 months ago

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

HazelMarley 4 months ago

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

dandoucette 5 months ago

Hahaha! Yes! Thanks RawrWildie.

RawrWildie 5 months ago

This is too cool to handle

dandoucette 6 months ago

Thanks bg11a8.

bg11a8 7 months ago

wow what an amazing creature! great spotting!

dandoucette 7 months ago

Thanks a lot Yasser! Ditto for me!

Yasser 7 months ago

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

dandoucette 8 months ago

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

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 8 months ago

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

sarah in the woods
sarah in the woods 8 months ago

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

dandoucette 8 months ago

Thanks staccyh.

staccyh 8 months ago

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

dandoucette 9 months ago

Gracias Diaz.

Diaz José Miguel
Diaz José Miguel 9 months ago

De lo mejor que he visto!

dandoucette 11 months ago

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

JulianaTM1 11 months 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)

dandoucette a year ago

Thank you Rieko, that's very nice of you to say. You don't have to worry about me though, I'm not going anywhere. I've been on Noah for 2 years now and will continue to share my stories and be part of the community. Thanks Jemma!

RiekoS a year ago

Wow, Dan, you are so famous! We hope you won't forget about us. We hope you will continue to stay the same as you are, kind and nice ;-)

Hema Shah
Hema Shah a year ago


dandoucette a year ago

Thanks a lot michael! First National Geographic and now PBS, I'm honoured. I've just gotten another email about this insect today. It's really starting to take off!

michaelcote a year ago

Wow. That is one of the most amazing insects I have ever seen. Incredible micro scale adaptations. If you're interested, it's getting a lot of interest on tumblr. Even PBS "liked" it:

So glad Dan posted this. :)

Valle del Cauca, Colombia

Lat: 3.86, Long: -76.78

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

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