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Offline D.Lock

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Stickinsectgrasshopperprayingmatis?? | Proscopiidae
« on: Wed, 08 August 2018, 09:27:06 AM »
This must be one of the weirdest insects i have encountered the past couple of years. At first i thought it was a stick insect. But then in jumped away a few times. The frontpart looks like a praying mantis, but it lacks the arms and useal head. I'm thinking more of a stick insect but the grasshopper legs get me confused.

Any clues?

« Last Edit: Tue, 21 August 2018, 07:44:30 PM by Auke »

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Re: Stickinsectgrasshopperprayingmatis??
« Reply #1 on: Tue, 21 August 2018, 07:44:06 PM »
Hi Dick! You'll be pleased to know that you're 1/3 correct: this is a grasshopper. More precisely a member of the Neotropical family Proscopiidae, which are commonly known as stick grasshoppers or jumping sticks. I can't help with a narrower ID though. You don't see these too often in Suriname (where I suppose you found it, but please include location next time). Nice find!

Cheers, Auke :)

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Re: Stickinsectgrasshopperprayingmatis?? | Proscopiidae
« Reply #2 on: Tue, 21 August 2018, 08:57:28 PM »
Hahaha yayy! Almost 2/3? its a jumping stick! Amazing name. I found it a Brownsberg along the road to mazaronival.

Thanks for the ID!