Ecuadorian Walking Stick Mimic Proscopia spp.
Some Orthoptera are among the most destructive of insects, while others are most revered for their songs. This Order of insects include grasshoppers, locusts, crickets, and katydids.
Bearing a remarkable similarity to a walking stick, this Ecuadorian Grasshopper group possesses thickened hind femora and a very stylized head which lacks the long antennae typical of stick insects. Within the insect realm, many species arrive at similar adaptive solutions to environmental pressures. The cryptic stick-like form seems to have served this grasshopper well. This species was fairly abundant and appeared to be naturally active during the day.