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Peruvian Fern Stick Insect

Oreophoetes topoense


Peruvian Fern Stick Insect (Oreophoetes sp.), might be Oreophoetes topoense (confirmed by Bruno Kneubühler), Farnheuschrecke, Farn-Stabschrecke, Rainforest of the Amazon River, CeibaTops, Loreto, Amazonia, Peru.


Neotropical rainforest in Amazonia


Phasmatodea, Verophasmatodea, Anareolatae, Diapheromeridae, Diapheromerinae, Oreophoetini, Oreophoetes topoense.

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75 Comments (1–25)

bayucca 9 years ago

Thanks, folks!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

How did I miss this one. Fantastic bayucca.

tibiprada 9 years ago

♥ ♥ ♥

Sintija Valucka
Sintija Valucka 10 years ago

wow, amazing! :)

AmazonWorkshops 10 years ago

Congrats! And thanks for all you do to help us keep our Amazon postings accurate and correctly ID'd

Braulio Rivas Tapia
Braulio Rivas Tapia 10 years ago

... What an amazing biodiversity has Perú!
Great capture!

DanielePralong 10 years ago

Congrats Dominik!

bayucca 10 years ago

Thanks folks!!

Jeannette 10 years ago

Congratulations on your stick :-))

Wild Things
Wild Things 10 years ago

Awesome! Congrats bayucca!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 10 years ago

Congratulations, Dominik! This is very very beautiful!

Maria dB
Maria dB 10 years ago

Congratulations, Dominik!

Ali Hemati Pour
Ali Hemati Pour 10 years ago

very Sweet!

JillBlack 10 years ago

Amazing photo congratulations

gatorfellows 10 years ago

Congratulations :)

bayucca 10 years ago

Thanks Karen!! Cool start for 2013! Thanks Gerardo, Pamela and Cindy!

Amazing insect! Congratulations Dominik!

pamsai 10 years ago

congrats bayucca...

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 10 years ago

Congratulations Dominik :):)

KarenL 10 years ago

Congratulations Dominik! This great capture has been chosen as a runner up in the Best of 2012, arthropods category.

RubyPrakash 10 years ago


bayucca 10 years ago

Thanks, folks!

YukoChartraw 10 years ago


Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 10 years ago

Superb spotting Bayucca!

bayucca 11 years ago

Indeed and this might be a very effective technique to confuse the birds: Just let them pick an "unimportant" (at least for survival) peace of the body to distract and/or gain some time to run/fly away. Really effective as you can see in this spot:
If you look very carefully you see a complete symmetry: right side are the real eyes and antennae and on the left side the mimic eyes and antennae.
But that's not enough! Hairstreaks usually move the tails as they are imitating the moving of the head and antennae!!

Spotted by

Indiana, Loreto, Peru

Spotted on Apr 30, 2007
Submitted on Apr 30, 2012

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