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Red/ Black Walking Stick


Looking like an extra in a Star Wars movie this insect is (my best guess) a type of tropical stick insect. Distinct red and black colors are usually a clear warning to potential predators. I have seen my fair share of stick insects, however, the bulge on the end of the tail of this spotting is a tab bit unusual.


I found this insect alongside a well traveled road at about midday in the vicinity of Sumaco Volcano in the Napo Province of Ecuador. This little explored sub-tropical rainforest holds a wealth of biodiversity. Elevation of spotting was at approximately 1200 MASL.


Thank you bayucca for the ID. 05.13.2015

1 Species ID Suggestions

bayucca 6 years ago
Peruvian Fern Stick Insect
Oreophoetes topoense Peruvian Fern Stick Insect | Project Noah

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hoppy4840 6 years ago

Thank you bayucca for the ID. 05.13.2015
Excellent reference links. Note that one of the photos of this same insect was taken in Rio Bigal which is also in the vicinity of Sumaco Volcano.

bayucca 6 years ago

Please, make a separate spotting of #3 for an ID.

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Tena, Provincia de Napo, Ecuador

Spotted on May 9, 2015
Submitted on May 11, 2015

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