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Twig Wilter

Pephricus sp.


An insect a little more than a centimeter long, with large flat projections along the sides of its exoskeleton with small spikes along the edges. A light brown in colour, with darker brown markings. Relatively small eyes on a slightly elongated head with long antennae which have small hairs and spines on them.


Found under a bauhinia in the dead leaves and small-ish stones.


JessicaSA 7 years ago

Sorry, there was a typo in my previous comment. It was supposed to read: nor have I heard of it.

JessicaSA 7 years ago

Thank you to Mr. Heyns, it is apparently a twig wilter, although I have never seen this type of insect in our area (nor have i hea of it).

LuisStevens 7 years ago


bayucca 7 years ago

Jessica, do you have any closer picture? Can you, please, make a crop of #1?

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 7 years ago

Yes, Martin, they kill with stile! :-)

MartinL 7 years ago

I'm leaning towards an assassin bug because they are sometimes very ornate.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 7 years ago


ChunXingWong 7 years ago

Amazing creature!
I have seen something like this before but unfortunately I forgot it's ID.
It would be better if you can crop the pictures for a better close up photo.

Fyn Kynd
Fyn Kynd 7 years ago

Looks like a Leaf-footed Bug nymph, sorta.

Wow, what an interesting insect! I hope you receive an ID for this one.

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Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa

Spotted on Mar 1, 2014
Submitted on Mar 1, 2014

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