Ecuadorian Walking Stick Mimic Proscopia spp.

Ecuadorian Walking Stick Pseudophasma spp. Photo, Picture
  • Common Name: Walking Stick Mimic
  • Order Name: Orthoptera
  • Family Name: Proscopiidae

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.