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Twig wilter Please excuse the fingers, a friend brought me this in a plastic container so I just wanted to get a few shots before I released it. Did not do this outside as they fly, plus it was really windy. What an awesome insect though! Coreidae,Coreoidea,Elasmopoda valga,Geotagged,South Africa,Spring,insects,south africa,twig wilters Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Twig wilter

Please excuse the fingers, a friend brought me this in a plastic container so I just wanted to get a few shots before I released it. Did not do this outside as they fly, plus it was really windy. What an awesome insect though!

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  1. That's stunning, it looks like a crossing between a stick insect and a stink bug, never seen anything like it. Also weird that it looks so camouflaged except for its antennae. Posted 5 years ago
    1. Same family as stink bugs I believe, they have the acidic secretions but yup, weird! Posted 5 years ago

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A member of the Twig Wilters, Elasmopoda valga feeds on young shoots, seeds or fruits. Very little is recorded regarding this particular species.

Similar species: True Bugs
Species identified by Claire Hamilton
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By Claire Hamilton

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Uploaded Oct 22, 2014. Captured Oct 21, 2014 16:58 in Unnamed Road, South Africa.
  • Canon EOS 7D
  • f/13.0
  • 1/200s
  • ISO250
  • 100mm