spurca crassa
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Popa is a twig- imitator and becomes 6cm. Their form and colour perfectly fits them as a small twig. The animals often sit with arms wide spread away. The females have reduced wings.

Popa inhabits shrubbes and bushes.

The aggressiveness of this genus is high. Thus they are not adequate to be kept in groups. Just nymphs up to L5 can be kept together.

At present, just 2 sub- species are described: Popa spurca spurca (STÅL, 1856) and P. spurca crassa (GIGLIO-TOS, 1917).

Typical look of the nymphs:

  • L2: black- brown, black/ white striped tarses, like bigger nymphs

Popa is a faszinating genus with an interesting camouflage- behaviour. In case of danger, they extend their arms to mimic a twig, even when they eat. Equally when touching them, they remain in their camouflage- postion motionless. This genus is recommended for beginners, because they are easy to keep.