Crypsis Challenge #3 Reveal

October 13th, 2010 - 10:30 PM | Filed under Crypsis Challenges | 3 Comments

Did you find the critter hidden in this image?

January 28, 2010 | Caraça Natural Park, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Ted C. MacRae did and correctly identified it as a stick grasshopper in the family Proscopiidae. As a reward, my next post will be a tiger beetle.

If you still need help finding it, here’s an outline and a cropped version.

Outlined

Cropped

Hopefully this one was bit more challenging. I didn’t spot the critter in this setting. It was originally higher up in some foliage and only jumped to the ground in a failed effort to escape my photographic pursuit.

Note the short antenna which makes it easy to distinguish these from walkingsticks.

Side View

Castner mentions that these insects are occasionally called “Nixon grasshoppers” because their face resembles a caricature of the former president with exaggerated jowls. What do you think?

Nixon?

Here’s one with a missing foreleg  I encountered a few days earlier. With an extended forehead, it might be a different species.

January 28, 2010 | Side View

Dorsal View

References:

Amazon Insects:
A Photo Guide

by James L. Castner

3 Responses to “Crypsis Challenge #3 Reveal”

  1. “Nixon grasshopper” – that’s hysterical.

  2. […] the jumping sticks? Here’s one more photo of one of those so you can see how easy it is to distinguish the two […]

  3. […] may recognize this as another stick grasshopper in the family Proscopiidae, previously featured in Crypsis Challenge #3. They are so cryptic that I couldn’t resist doing another challenge with this one. […]

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