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Jumping-stick grasshopper

Proscopia apioscelis bulbosa

Description:

large stick like insect with bizarrely shaped head

Habitat:

amazon, tropical rainforest

Notes:

I spotted this strange stick insect in a private nature reserve. I wish I had a shot with the head in focus but this is all I have.

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24 Comments

dandoucette
dandoucette 7 years ago

Thanks guys!

StephenSolomons
StephenSolomons 7 years ago

it is like a strange little cartoon fantasy figure. Wonderful!

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 7 years ago

Strange indeed!

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 7 years ago

Very unique!

dandoucette
dandoucette 7 years ago

Thanks Gerardo and Yuko.

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw 7 years ago

Just amazing!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 7 years ago

Wow are you kidding fantastic :)

dandoucette
dandoucette 7 years ago

Thanks Andrea and Argy, that common name seems appropriate.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

..also called 'Horsehead grasshopper'

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Oh no.. too bizarre by far. Love it Dan!

Andrea Lim
Andrea Lim 7 years ago

What a cool critter Dan. Great spotting!

dandoucette
dandoucette 7 years ago

Thanks and your welcome Rieko.

RiekoS
RiekoS 7 years ago

Very interesting grasshopper. The head looks like bird's. Thank you very much for sharing.

dandoucette
dandoucette 7 years ago

Thanks a lot patty, you're more than welcome to use it as a poster.

patty
patty 7 years ago

I am thinking that this picture may be an interesting poster Dan...

patty
patty 7 years ago

Beautiful jumping stick hopper and picture Dandoucette! Its head is really strange indeed, it makes it look like a twig even more. Wonderful spotting Dan! =)

dandoucette
dandoucette 7 years ago

Thanks a lot Livan and Lauren, I'm just as surprised as you are. I would have never thought of this as a grasshopper.

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 7 years ago

Good for you Livan to have found this identification!

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 7 years ago

Livan, this is sooo neat. Love it. It is interesting that the hind trochanters are expanded for jumping - and not the femora. Can't believe that there is a type of grasshopper that imitates a walking stick.

LivanEscudero
LivanEscudero 7 years ago

Aha! found it!!! Jumping-stick Grasshopper. Check this out Dan:
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/166...

LivanEscudero
LivanEscudero 7 years ago

Not a stick insect. It's a kind of cricket or grasshopper, we had trouble IDing a similar one a while back on here, let me see if I can find it.

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 7 years ago

Never saw anything like this! Maybe something new? Weird too that the antennae are so short.

dandoucette
dandoucette 7 years ago

Thanks Mona.

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 7 years ago

Very cool... Good shot !!!

dandoucette
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dandoucette

Bogotá, Bogotá, Colombia

Spotted on Dec 1, 2012
Submitted on Apr 20, 2013

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