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Moss-mimic Walking Stick

Trychopeplus laciniatus


This is one of the most fascinating insects I have ever seen. I search for this insect for many years, it was hard to find because it has one of the most amazing camouflages, as you can see. It is about 8 cm long; I saw it eating orchid petals. Hope you enjoy this spotting.


Cloud Forest


My personal spotting of the year

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43 Comments (1–25)

Jonathan Sequeira
Jonathan Sequeira 10 years ago

Mandy Hollman, So glad you enjoy this spotting

Jonathan Sequeira
Jonathan Sequeira 10 years ago

BrunoKneubühler Thanks for the link ...

Mandy Hollman
Mandy Hollman 10 years ago

Amazing! Definitely one of the best-camouflaged animals I've ever seen. Thanks so much for sharing this incredible spotting.

craigwilliams 10 years ago

Nice link Bruno, thanks! It's great to see other examples of these. Interesting that the males' camouflage is much less flamboyant.

BrunoKneubühler 10 years ago

on our scientific site about phasmids (order Phasmatodea) you find more photos of Trychopeplus:

I would be very interested to study this species more closely....

Jonathan Sequeira
Jonathan Sequeira 10 years ago

Interesting comment Bio-10210, So glad you like it, Check on this one:

bio-10210 10 years ago

This is the sickest insect EVER! Its skin is awesome...kind of reminds me of the squid when its skin is course. Wonderful photography.

Jonathan Sequeira
Jonathan Sequeira 10 years ago

I just added pictures with details of the antenna, eyes and legs...

MaryEvans2 10 years ago

congrats, what a cool and interesting spot.

Jonathan Sequeira
Jonathan Sequeira 10 years ago

Thanks all for the great comments I am very GLAD you're enjoying this spotting..

Wild Things
Wild Things 10 years ago

Whoa! I had to look for some time to find the walking stick. Amazing! Congratulations on a very well deserved SOTD!!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 10 years ago

Congratulations ,,,
Incredible spotting,

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 10 years ago


bio-1028 10 years ago

Donno if im looking at the right specimen..., but the thing that amazes's me is how they mimicthe dieing of a organism..., (the browning of a leaf) i.e. the minute characteristic of (nature)....

craigwilliams 10 years ago

Well worth waiting for! Thanks for persevering, it's astonishing!

Noah Citizen
Noah Citizen 10 years ago

Amazing. Definitely.
Wonderful spotting. Thank you to have share it and congrats.

VivBraznell 10 years ago

Congratulations on SOTD! Great spotting and fascinating insect : )

Atul 10 years ago

Fab Spotting and congrats!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 10 years ago

Increible Felicidades Jonathan!

Increible!! casi no lo veo jajaja no lo conocia, probablemente los he visto en campo pero ni me he dado cuenta que estan allí. Muy buena información gracias

Jonathan Sequeira
Jonathan Sequeira 10 years ago

Thanks for the Comments....

Eric Noora
Eric Noora 10 years ago


freelancing 10 years ago

WOW. Reminds me of a Leafy Sea Dragon. Congrats on spotting this AND having a camera at the same time.

Jonathan Sequeira
Jonathan Sequeira 10 years ago

For more than 10 years I looked for something like this. I finally did in a trip with International Expeditions. In Monteverde cloud forest area.
I am glad you enjoy it too

Jonathan Sequeira
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Jonathan Sequeira

Monteverde, Provincia de Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Spotted on Apr 20, 2012
Submitted on Apr 20, 2012

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