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Stick Grasshopper

Apioscelis bulbosa ?


Certainly one the oddest looking couples of the animal kingdom, these mating (or about to) Stick Grasshoppers are quite common in the Ecuadorian Amazon. The male is only about half the female's size, which is about 7.5cm long; they are green/brown and very well camouflaged among vegetation. They're often mistaken for stick insects (order Phasmatodea), but belong to the order Orthoptera.


Tropical rainforest in the Ecuadorian Amazon region.

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Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 3 years ago

Thank you Antonio and FakawiTribe :-)

FakawiTribe 3 years ago


Amazing find Felix,an alien :-) congrats on the well deserved SOTW and thanks for sharing

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 3 years ago

Thanks Daniele, I just saw it got a ton of hits :-)

DanielePralong 3 years ago

Congratulations Felix! This quite extraordinary looking pair is very popular on our Facebook page right now!

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 3 years ago

Thanks Gilma and Jason. The head and the muscled hind legs (they actually jump) are their most distinctive features.

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 3 years ago

Congrats Felix!

Beautiful! Congratulations on the SOTW, Felix Fleck.
I will start looking closer at stick insects, I have lots here and I have been taking them for granted....who know I might have miss to see closer and missed some of those excellent Stick Grasshoppers....... : (

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 3 years ago

Thanks for SOTW! Thanks you for the kind words, Jim. Much appreciated.

Jim Nelson
Jim Nelson 3 years ago

Felix...great photography of something I have never seen before. I appreciate the posting and informative write-up.

AshleyT 3 years ago

Congrats Felix, the rangers have voted these beauties as our Spotting of the Week!



Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 3 years ago

Thanks for the nomination Ashley :-)

AshleyT 3 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 3 years ago

My pleasure :-)

KarenSaxton 3 years ago

Saw one(probably female) two years ago. Thanks for the memory :)

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 3 years ago

Thanks, they're often mistaken for phasmids because of their un-grasshopper like appearance.

triggsturner 3 years ago

Amazing indeed. Didn't even know that grasshoppers came in stick varieties ;)

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 3 years ago

Thanks Lauren, the amazon rainforest has so many incredible species.

LaurenZarate 3 years ago

Amazing heads! Really neat. You find such incredible insects and spiders!

Felix Fleck
Spotted by
Felix Fleck

Tena, Napo, Ecuador

Spotted on Feb 10, 2015
Submitted on Sep 4, 2016

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