Walkingstick from Thailand

Subject: Stick insect I.D.
Location: Thailand
June 19, 2012 4:10 am
Sir
I have sent several photos in the past to be Identified but not yet had a reply.
I live in Thailand and it’s pretty difficult to name a lot of the insects I find.Here are some for you t look at.
Signature: lenny

Walkingstick

Dear Lenny,
This is a beautiful Walkingstick or Phasmid, but we do not know the species.  We will try to research it.  We apologize for not responding to your earlier emails, but we have a tiny and overwhelmed staff and the past few weeks have been especially hectic in our personal lives.  Emails back up and many never even get opened.  We are guessing that Khao-Soi-Dao, the name on your files, is the local name for this lovely Phasmid that would be perfectly camouflaged on that twig were it not for the chrome yellow collar.

Walkingstick

Hello Daniel
Thank you for your prompt reply.
Khao Soi Dao is a National Park not to far from Cambodia.
The yellow collar was only shown when the insect was touched
and was withdrawn after a few seconds.Probably a defence of some sort
to frighten preditors.  It’ difficult here in Thailand to I.D. stuff.It means trawling the internet
for hours looking for photos of the insects I have seen only to find they
also don’t know the correct Latin name.
There is a guide,Beetles of Thailand,but I already have seen 30odd species
not even in there.Frustrating.
Anyway thanks again’hope to hear from you soon.
Lenny

Walkingstick

Very Interesting.  Thanks for the additional information Lenny.  We have had no luck with a species identification.

 

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