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Jumping Stick

Apioscelis bulbosa

Description:

A member of the order Orthoptera (grasshoppers, et. al.), this "jumping stick" insect resembles a cartoon character. Living up to its scientific name, the head is enlarged and resembles a child desperately in need of braces.

Habitat:

Found on vegetation in the Amazon rain forest, Bulbosa is a herbivorous, grasshopper-like insect. Usually found on lower branches of shrubs and trees.


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6 Comments

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 7 years ago

Thanks Greg... for commenting.. your spotting is a true learning lesson about life... specially about simply negligible small Arthropods..!!

GregMayberry
GregMayberry 7 years ago

This is the disadvantage of vernacular names. The locals referred to this as a "jumping stick", which is why I had the common name in parentheses. I, personally, think of stick insects as being those individuals in the order phasmatodea. Scientific names eliminate such confusion! Viva Linnaeus!!!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 7 years ago

@ Bruno...is it called correctly as Stick Grasshopper which look similar to one here...?
http://www.flickriver.com/photos/artour_...

Gran fotografía! Muy bella!

BrunoKneubühler
BrunoKneubühler 7 years ago

This is no stick insects or phasmid.
This is an adult male of a species which belongs the Family Proscopiidae Audinet-Serville, 1838

MaryEvans2
MaryEvans2 7 years ago

WOW awesome macro - love those eyes! We have walking sticks but not like this one.

GregMayberry
Spotted by
GregMayberry

Nauta, Loreto, Peru

Lat: -4.49, Long: -73.59

Spotted on Jun 16, 2007
Submitted on Jan 12, 2012

Spotted for Mission

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