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12 cm stick insect! Taken at night in Singapore.

Quote from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phasmato…
The Phasmatodea (sometimes called Phasmida or Phasmatoptera) are an order of insects, whose members are variously known as stick insects (in Europe and Australasia), walking sticks or stick-bugs (in the United States and Canada), phasmids, ghost insects and leaf insects (generally the family Phylliidae). The ordinal name is derived from the Ancient Greek φάσμα phasma, meaning an apparition or phantom, and refers to the resemblance of many species to sticks or leaves. Their natural camouflage can make them extremely difficult to spot. Phasmatodea can be found all over the world in warmer zones, especially the tropics and subtropics. The greatest diversity is found in Southeast Asia and South America, followed by Australia. Phasmids also have a considerable presence in the continental United States, mainly in the Southeast.

Phasmids can be relatively large, ranging from 2.5 centimetres (0.98 in) to over 30 centimetres (12 in) in length. Females of the genus Phobaeticus are the world's longest insects, measuring up to 56.7 centimetres (22.3 in) in total length in the case of Phobaeticus chani, including the outstretched legs.[1] Females of the species Heteropteryx dilatata are the heaviest known phasmids, possibly weighing in excess of 65 grams.

Some have cylindrical stick-like bodies, while others have flattened, leaflike shapes. The thorax is long in the winged species, since it houses the flight muscles, but is typically much shorter in the wingless forms. Where present, the first pair of wings is narrow and cornified, while the hind wings are broad, with straight longitudinal veins and multiple cross-veins. The body is often further modified to resemble vegetation, with ridges resembling leaf veins, bark-like tubercles, and other forms of camouflage. A few species, such as Carausius morosus, are even able to change their pigmentation to match their surroundings. Many species are wingless, or have reduced wings.[3] The mouthparts project out from the head. Chewing mandibles are uniform across species. The legs are typically long and slender, and some species are capable of limb autotomy.[3] They have long, slender antennae, as long or longer than the length of the body in some species.

All phasmids possess compound eyes, but ocelli are only found in some winged males.[3] Phasmids have an impressive visual system that allow them to perceive significant detail even in dim conditions, which suits their typically nocturnal lifestyle. They are born equipped with tiny compound eyes with a limited number of facets. As the insect grows through successive molts, the number of facets is increased along with the number of photoreceptor cells in the eye. The sensitivity of the adult eye is at least tenfold that of the first instar nymphs. As the eye grows more complex, the mechanisms to adapt to dark/light changes are also enhanced: eyes in dark conditions evidence less screening pigments, which would block light, than during the daytime, and changes in the width of the retinal layer to adapt to changes in available light are significantly more pronounced in adults. However, the larger size of the adult insects' eyes makes them more prone to radiation damage. This explains why fully grown individuals are mostly nocturnal. Lessened sensitivity to light in the newly emerged insects helps them to escape from the leaf litter wherein they are hatched and move upward into the illuminated foliage. Young stick insects are diurnal feeders and will move around freely, expanding their foraging range.
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:iconvrinda-the-wistful:
Vrinda-the-Wistful Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh mercy ... "Grumpy Stick"  :XD:  Beautiful!
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EnjoyTheSilence89 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
love the detail awesome photo btw :)
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FuzzySpider Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Professional Filmographer
now that's a face for radio. Good job there not human size. Nice pictures, staggering and awesome too
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SoWeirdBoy Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
This is utterly amazing. Such design. 
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Bibliothecarian Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013
This is absolutely lovely. The more I look at this face, the more adorable I think it is.
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:iconrevelingrexan:
RevelingRexan Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
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That's amazing. I thought the thumbnail was of a bearded dragon, haha! That this is an insect is crazy!
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013
Thank you! :)
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Aemestrix Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
I love how phasmids fold their maxillary and labial palps right onto their faces. it always looks like a gas mask or something like that. :D

 "Luke, I am your walking stick *shshsh*" xD
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013
Thank you! :)
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Dino-Mario Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing picture
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013
Thank you! :)
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MERYFIELD Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wonderful!
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013
Thank you! :)
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Wandalena Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Stunning ! Incredible details, you would'nt like it to be as tall as a human ! ^^
Good work :)
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013
Thank you! :)
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Wandalena Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You are welcome !
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Amanthus Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter

Thank you for the detailed description of this insect. I learn something new everyday.

btw, I think Mr. Grumpy Stick didn't want his picture taken. ;) (Wink)  

I will look through your gallery and see if I can find Salticidae, aka jumping spider, which are one of my favorites in the insect world.

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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
I have plenty of them :)
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:iconmachpl:
MachPL Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
Grumpy bug. Great!
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
Thank you! :)
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Slipping-Star Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
What an interesting face!
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
Yes! :)
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ReBeLKiMy Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
It's the stuff nightmares are made from, love him!
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
Thank you! :)
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Light-Lein Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice and grumpy picture :D! It looks like the stick insect I had as pet, but the eyes are more beatiful :p. (light-lein.deviantart.com/art/… <- this was my pet for if you want to see :p. I think these insects are so nice with the diverse camouflage!
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
Thank you! :)
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Lightningball Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
This is one brilliant macro picture!
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
Thank you! :)
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Duane-Clay Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Imagine waking up to that first thing in the morning. Looks like mother Nature wins the freaky face contest yet again.
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
:)
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XIGRAHAMIX Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Do a tailless whip spider please.  I see you are in some foreign country so I'm assuming you're able to get your hands on one.
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carnifex125 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
he already has a few i think
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Skalle-Art Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Grumpy cat now has it's arch nemesis stealing his fame!

I think grumpy cartons be quite happy about that :D
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
:)
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JawaHunter003 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
nice
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
Thank you! :)
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Wingnut55 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
and if that face is not enough to scare of predators, it has spikes too ?? nature is so generous sometimes...
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
LOL! :)
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MaxOusoad Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
Kog'maw !
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
Haha :)
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Naruto-Uz Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
I Think the same LOL xDDD
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Wolfy-89 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i love these critters =D
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
:)
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Wolfy-89 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
=D
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Sjoelie Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
Ah, I missed it's a psg 18 (Heteropteryx dilatata) :D I have one at home actually^^ This one isn't adult yet, it's a female. They are brown in the beginning, but turn green as they grow adult.

Here's a pic of her adult: sjoelie.deviantart.com/art/In-…

Nice picture, you managed to take a beautiful close up here :la: I'm bad at those x)


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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
I'm not too sure if my pic is a psg18. The body is much thinner. I could be wrong though :) Thanks for sharing your beautiful pet. SHe is huge!
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Sjoelie Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
^^ I'm sure of it. They change a LOT with each molt. The change is spectacular actually ^^  You should see the male of it.... it looks like a totally other insect... :p
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Meema Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Incredible creature; incredible shot.
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:iconmelvynyeo:
melvynyeo Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
Thank you! :)
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