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One of the most amazing, mind blowing and camouflaged insects I have ever seen. it's body and legs has leaf/lichen like appendages growing out of it, check out the last 2 pics to see how well it blends in.
pacific coast rainforest
The only reason I spotted this was because it was on a leaf moving its body back and forth in a swaying motion. I'm not sure what it was doing but it made it much easier to spot. I couldn't believe what I was seeing! Thankfully the insect was very calm and stayed very still even when it was on my hand. Spotted in San Cipriano forest reserve.
Thanks a lot Ann, Felix, Graham and WilliamsFamily!
Spent countless hours in the rain forest there and have never seen that little guy! GOOD EYE!!! Nice shot too!
Man phasmids sure are amazing insects.
That is really an incredible creature!
I had NO CLUE these things existed! I wonder how many I've accidentally gathered on a moss gathering trip. I will be paying a lot more attention now!
Thanks Mark! You must have missed it when it was making the rounds.
Just found this crazily good spotting Dan. Extraordinary.
Thanks Gavin and outdoor-learning.
wow that's insane! great find!
What kind of demonspawn is this :D I'm joking, it's kinda cute
Nope, not kidding! Thanks Muckpuk.
YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING!
That is amazing!
Thanks armadeus and amjensen.
What an incredible find!
That is just freakin' amazing!!! Wow!
It sure was but nothing compared to your moss mimic!
Yeah, it needs the wind to work. Sounds like a great find in SA.
I didn't see your full write-up when I commented last time. The movement you described is typical to stick insects. Maybe it mimics blowing in the wind? It doesn't work if there's no wind though!
I was in South Africa and saw a piece of dried grass moving like a stick insect. If it wasn't for the movement I wouldn't have even known it wasn't dried grass. It looked exactly the same as the dried grass next to it!
I didn't know these existed. So cool! I used to keep stick insects as a chid.
Yup, that's the idea Hazel and it works pretty well! Gotta love nature!
Oh my gosh it looks like a stick covered in moss!
Hahaha! Yes! Thanks RawrWildie.
This is too cool to handle
Spotted on Jan 21, 2013
Submitted on Apr 5, 2013
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