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Bacillus atticus

Bacillus atticus
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Copyright: Christodoulos Makris (chrimakris) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1744 W: 79 N: 5425] (26007)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-12-11
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/11, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-06-27 8:28
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Points: 48
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Bacillus atticus Brunner von Wattenwyl, 1882
“The walking Stick”

Bacillus atticus is a species of stick insect (Order Phasmatodea, family Bacillidae). Its body is about 80 mm long. The forelegs are 50 mm long.
It is a parthenogenetic species and can reproduce on its own by laying eggs.

It is found in Italy, Balkans and the Middle East.
The population in Cyprus has been described as an endemic subspecies, Bacillus atticus cypriusUvarov, 1936
It is very rare in Cyprus found mainly on the host plant Pistacia lentiscus .

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Wow! Wow!! Wow!!!
Which is the 'stick' and which is the 'Stick Insect', Chris???
This is one of the most amazing pictures to have featured on TN ever.
I salute you for your momentous contribution to this site.
Warm regards.

hallo Christodoulos
Great to find this rare stick in Cyprus
good composiiton and good details
nice BG to see the stick very good
i have found on Lefkada also 2 sticks

thanks greeting lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-06-27 8:45]

Hello Christodoulos,
Brilliant photo of this Walking Stick in perfect camouflage. Fantastic sharpness, details and a splendid DOF and colours.

Ciao Chistodoulos, where is stick bug? I can see only stick, great macro of amazing insect, fantastic camouflage, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-06-27 10:57]

Hi Chris,needs great eyes like yours to see one the best camouflage never seen on TN,spectacular capture whit fine details in the best exposure,one of the most stranges species,i like it!Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hello Mr.Christodoulos,
Tomorrow I have to go to check up my eyes.Still haven't find the specie!!!!!Just stick!!!
But you are saying,then it must be there.
First time couldn't find the specie well!
I think its head portion is in right side and its body is hanging!

Christodoulos,you have captured an unique camouflage specie which I haven't seen before,

Thanks for your great contribution here in TN,
Kind regards,

Hi Christodoulos,
really interesting photo and note. Perfect presentation. Very good point of view.
Have a nice evening,

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  • senn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 2 N: 155] (1384)
  • [2013-06-27 12:05]

the king of camouflage here .. skilfully taken .. you've got the eye .. great work mate

regards, nuri :D

Hello Christodoulos

WOW ! I have an idea which one is the insect
and which one is the stick but even that the
camouflage is as great that I am not sure of me,
this is the most superbly camouflaged creature of TN, TFS


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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2013-06-28 0:34]

Great capture, showing very well the camouflage skills of this insect.



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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-06-28 3:15]

Its hard to notice where the real stick is and stick insect is...good to see this beauty here. tfs.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-06-28 5:04]

Hello Christodoulos,
You must have good eyes...to see thia Bacillus atticus which looks like a twig.
We don't have these insects here around, but my son once brought one home for dissection at school :-)
Take care

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  • sanjay (115)
  • [2013-06-28 10:06]

Wow....!!!!!!!!!What a camouflage
Excellent image Christodoulos...
Thanks for sharing very rare we can find in the field ...

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-06-28 11:08]

HEllo Christodoulos.
Great macro! An interesting stick insekt,great sharpness, good composition and with a fantastic light and color! Regards Siggi

Hello Christodoulos
Congrats!The very few times I saw this species was not able to shoot :).Fantastic composition,wonderful colours and impressive sharpness.Thank You.
Have a good weekend!
Best regards

Hi Christodoulos,
Exactly Ram's question came into my mind: which is the insect and which is the branch? :-) Unbelievable camouflage, and you have eyes for the details. Excellent composition and technicality, albeit it's usual from you, but the uniqueness of this photo is peerless. Incredible job. Congratulations, and thanx for your valuable input to educate us. Stunner.
Best regards, László

Impressive camouflage. Razor details against the brigh BG. Goof light too MF Christodoulos!


awesome mimicry cryptic
of this strange stick insect
well seen Christodoulos!

Bonsoir Christodoulos
Je suis en admiration devant cette photo d'une grande qualité, et devant les qualités d'observation que tu as pour repérer cet insecte.
Bravo et merci

Hi dear Christodoulos,
Wonderful shot.
This picture shows you a deeper look.
You are deep thinkers.
You look great and beautiful.

Kind regards

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-07-01 19:26]

Hello Christodoulos,
What a neat looking stick insect, it looks exactly like the twig it is perched on. I am not sure how you spotted it, but I am sure glad you did and was able to capture this fine looking photo.
I had the opportunity once to photograph one while in Costa Rica, but the image didn't turn out very well.

Hello Christodoulos,
Amazing capture,very natural,excellent details and a lovely composition.
Best regards,

Hi Christodoulus
I had to turn the image in my head to identify the insect. The camouflage is so perfect, no wander these insects are called "sticks". And you manage to capture it with perfect details and colors.

Hello Christodoulos
I feel sorry that I missed this truly beautiful image, Yes it rare to see a good picture in TN now a days.
I don't say any cliche, word like.........
Thank you for this nice work.
best wishes,

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