Subject: Identifying a “stick” insect
Location: Eastern Cape, South Africa
December 30, 2014 6:33 am
I recently found this insect in my garden and would love to identify it.
Latitude : -33.092624 | Longitude : 27.78924
2014/12/27 1:52 PM
Thank you!
Signature: Waldo



Hi Waldo,
This is not a Stick Insect, but rather, an Owlfly in the family Ascalaphidae.  We browsed iSpot and found this very similar looking individual that is only identified to the family level.

Hi Daniel
Thank you so much for taking the time to respond to my request.

Location: Eastern Cape, South Africa

3 Responses to Owlfly from South Africa

  1. Curious Girl says:

    Okay, so I read somewhere recently that when insects hold their bottom up like that it is the female signaling to the males she is no longer available (and if he still tries, he cannot find a purchase in his efforts).

    Curious little bug facts that help make the world of the tiny all the more fascinating.

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