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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 3 weeks ago

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

HazelMarley 3 weeks ago

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

dandoucette a month ago

Hahaha! Yes! Thanks RawrWildie.

RawrWildie a month ago

This is too cool to handle

dandoucette 3 months ago

Thanks bg11a8.

bg11a8 4 months ago

wow what an amazing creature! great spotting!

dandoucette 4 months ago

Thanks a lot Yasser! Ditto for me!

Yasser 4 months ago

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

dandoucette 4 months ago

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

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 4 months ago

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

sarah in the woods
sarah in the woods 4 months ago

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

dandoucette 4 months ago

Thanks staccyh.

staccyh 4 months ago

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

dandoucette 6 months ago

Gracias Diaz.

Diaz José Miguel
Diaz José Miguel 6 months ago

De lo mejor que he visto!

dandoucette 7 months ago

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

JulianaTM1 8 months ago

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

dandoucette 9 months ago

Thanks chadryanlinton and Miguel.

Miguel.Denyer 9 months ago

Amazing find!!

chadryanlinton1 11 months ago

Its a baby treebeard (EMP)

dandoucette 11 months 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 11 months 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 11 months ago


dandoucette 11 months 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 11 months 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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