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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 a month ago

It sure was but nothing compared to your moss mimic!

dandoucette a month ago

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

crazeeeykins a month 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 a month ago

Thanks crazeeeykins.

crazeeeykins 2 months ago

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

dandoucette 8 months ago

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

HazelMarley 8 months ago

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

dandoucette 9 months ago

Hahaha! Yes! Thanks RawrWildie.

RawrWildie 9 months ago

This is too cool to handle

dandoucette 10 months ago

Thanks bg11a8.

bg11a8 11 months ago

wow what an amazing creature! great spotting!

dandoucette 11 months ago

Thanks a lot Yasser! Ditto for me!

Yasser 11 months ago

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

dandoucette a year ago

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

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne a year ago

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

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

dandoucette a year ago

Thanks staccyh.

staccyh a year 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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