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Large stick insect, Utria National Park, Colombia Closeup of the head:<br />
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  1. This Phasmid is still a nymph, not adult yet, possibly Metriophasma (Metriophasma) sp.
    It is very difficult to determine to species level if they are not adults.
    Posted 4 years ago
    1. Wow, would not expect that, pretty huge nymph! Posted 4 years ago
      1. Phasmids goes through several stages of moulting before adults.
        Usually females have 1 more moult than the males.
        They are still referred to as nymphs from Instar1/L1 to Instar5/L5.
        After that, its sub-adult before the final moult to adult.

        In this case, this could be an L4/L5 nymph, may looks big, possibly 8-10 cm in body length?
        In some species, the adults grows up to 20 cm in body length, so L4-L5 stages could be 12-14 cm in body length.
        Posted 4 years ago
        1. Thanks, did not know that. Yes 8-10cm sounds about right for this one. Posted 4 years ago

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Uploaded Mar 1, 2018. Captured Oct 22, 2017 20:13 in Bahía Solano, Choco, Colombia.
  • NIKON D850
  • f/14.0
  • 1/60s
  • ISO64
  • 105mm