Unknown Walkingstick from Brazil is Prisopus species

Subject: Mystery
Location: Manaus-Amazonas- Brazil
July 24, 2012 9:44 am
Yesterday night appeared this strange creature of 7-8 cm long, probably coming from the forest. It had a big ant riding it like a horse, which didn´t fall down nor left it even going up and down on the wall. It seems to have wings, but didn´t use it. Do you konw what it is ?
Thank you,
Signature: Isabelle


Hi Isabelle,
This is a Walkingstick or Stick Insect in the order Phasmida.  They are masters of camouflage when they rest motionless on shrubbery.

Ed. Note:  Thanks to a comment from Bruno, this Phasmid has been identified as being in the genus Prisopus, and interestingly, we confirmed that with a photo of a Phasmid from Mexico in  our own archive that was identified by Piotr Naskrecki.

3 thoughts on “Unknown Walkingstick from Brazil is Prisopus species”

  1. I have found one of this insect at Serra da Cantareira, a forest very close to São Paulo City! Congrats for your explanation!


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