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Creation: Moss Mimic Stick Insect

By Eowyn @DrEowyn

Would you believe this is an insect?


Look again ….


See how it’s perfectly camouflaged!

Photos taken by dandoucette, in Valle del Cauca, Colombia.

That’s a Moss Mimic Stick Insect (Trychopeplus laciniatus).

Here’s what dandoucette wrote about this amazing insect:

Description: One of the most amazing, mind blowing and camouflaged insects I have ever seen. Its body and legs have leaf/lichen like appendages growing out of it.

Habitat: Pacific coast rainforest

Notes: 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.

Source: Project Noah


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