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Stick Insect

Prisopus phasmatodea prisopodidae.

Description:

Lichen Mimic...something I do not know what!!?? Very flat, about 2 inches with long antennae. The wind brought it to the window sill so it was not very camouflage!! Saw another, much smaller and brownish and it was very camouflaged on a branch.

Notes:

According to the Costa Rican's this is a Prisopus phasmatodea prisopodidae. Stick insect (Prisopus sp)....

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69 Comments (1–25)

Thank you bayucca.

bayucca
bayucca 5 years ago

Sathrophyllia and Olcinia are to my knowledge only found in Asia. Must be something other. Let's see what Bruno means...

Your Katydid Nymph (Pseudophyllinae, Cymatomerini, Olcinia or Sathrophyllia sp.) is the closest match I have found, your looks more mature than mine. Thank you so much everyone that tried to ID it.

Thank you so much, Sinobug, Mark Ridgway, gatorfellows and all of you who liked my spotting and all of you who tried to give me an ID on this gorgeous creature.
I just spotted another one and it was very small compared to this spotting but identical!! I will make a separate spotting for it.

gatorfellows
gatorfellows 7 years ago

It was early that I sent you a couple of links for a Pseudophyllinae katydid, Haemodiasma tessellata. This is the closest I was able to find. http://www.globalspecies.org/ntaxa/16289... Did you have any luck finding information on what the nymph looks like?

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Thanks for the input John. That China creature of yours is a stunner.

Sinobug
Sinobug 7 years ago

Most definitely a Pseudophyllinae katydid nymph.
(The China link is mine. I was convinced it was a Phasmid to begin with as well. I have yet to encounter an adult but the chances of actually seeing it if it is right in front of you are pretty slim.)

bayucca that link from China is the closest!!

Thank you so much, Pam.

Thank you so much bayucca.
I am even more confused now, the pictures are somewhat like it but mine is totally flat!! and it was very large.

LeanneGardner
LeanneGardner 7 years ago

Wow! Wow! Wow!

bayucca
bayucca 7 years ago

I was a complete fool, since I have even a similar one in my stream...
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/821...
Another similar one:
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/248...
I think yours is now Tettigoniidae, Pseudophyllinae, unknown tribe, though.

bayucca
bayucca 7 years ago

According to this link, Cymatomerini are not found in the Americas.
http://orthoptera.speciesfile.org/common...
But still a good thing to start...

pamsai
pamsai 7 years ago

wow, interesting creature, Gilma. Looks like a roller went over it! Congrats on SOTD...

bayucca
bayucca 7 years ago
bayucca
bayucca 7 years ago

Gilma, it looks like that this one fooled me as well! Looking at the Cytomerini, I think Chun is closer! Good job, Chun!

Thank you, Dixie.
I never saw one of this before, it was so stunning, I had to make sure I got enough pictures. : )

Dixie
Dixie 7 years ago

Very different. (To me anyway. I haven't seen one of these.) I like that you got so many shots.

Thank you so much, ChunXingWong, do you have a Link?

ChunXingWong
ChunXingWong 7 years ago

Great find Gilma !
This really looks like a Phasmid but the closest ID match I could find for this spotting is a nymph of a Cymatomerini katydid.

I am going to research about those Stick Insects, this is the second time they "fool" me... I guess a stick insect does not have to look like a stick...
Thank you so much bayucca, do you have a link?

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 7 years ago

Cool that it is a Phasmid!

bayucca
bayucca 7 years ago

This is not a katydid, but a Phasmid Stick Insect, Phasmatodea. Could be a nymph.

Thank you so much, Stanislav Greš.

Thank you, Tom15.

Alfaro, Provincia Alajuela, Costa Rica

Spotted on Feb 16, 2014
Submitted on Feb 17, 2014

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