Ecuadorian Walking Stick Mimic


Common Name: Walking Stick Mimic

Order Name: Orthoptera

Family Name: Proscopiidae

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