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Moss mimic stick insect

Trychopeplus laciniatus


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.

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Moss mimic stick insect
Trychopeplus laciniatus , Trychopeplus laciniatus moss mimic stick bug

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128 Comments (1–25)

dandoucette a year ago

Thanks a lot Ann, Felix, Graham and WilliamsFamily!

AnnHarris a year ago

Spent countless hours in the rain forest there and have never seen that little guy! GOOD EYE!!! Nice shot too!

The GeoDex
The GeoDex a year ago

Man phasmids sure are amazing insects.

Graham Monroe
Graham Monroe 3 years ago

That is really an incredible creature!

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 3 years ago

That's fantastic!

AnnHarris 4 years ago

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!

dandoucette 4 years ago

Thanks Mark! You must have missed it when it was making the rounds.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 4 years ago

Just found this crazily good spotting Dan. Extraordinary.

dandoucette 5 years ago

Thanks Gavin and outdoor-learning.

wow that's insane! great find!

GavinCole2 5 years ago

What kind of demonspawn is this :D I'm joking, it's kinda cute

dandoucette 5 years ago

Nope, not kidding! Thanks Muckpuk.

Muckpuk 5 years ago

That is amazing!

dandoucette 5 years ago

Thanks armadeus and amjensen.

amjensen080 5 years ago

What an incredible find!

armadeus.4 5 years ago

That is just freakin' amazing!!! Wow!

crazeeeykins 6 years ago

It sure was but nothing compared to your moss mimic!

dandoucette 6 years ago

Yeah, it needs the wind to work. Sounds like a great find in SA.

crazeeeykins 6 years ago

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!

dandoucette 6 years ago

Thanks crazeeeykins.

crazeeeykins 6 years ago

I didn't know these existed. So cool! I used to keep stick insects as a chid.

dandoucette 6 years ago

Yup, that's the idea Hazel and it works pretty well! Gotta love nature!

HazelMarley 6 years ago

Oh my gosh it looks like a stick covered in moss!

dandoucette 6 years ago

Hahaha! Yes! Thanks RawrWildie.

ILoveAnimals 6 years ago

This is too cool to handle

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Valle del Cauca, Colombia

Spotted on Jan 21, 2013
Submitted on Apr 5, 2013

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