Spiny Leaf Insect – Pair (female and male)

$40.00

Spiny leaf insects are leaf mimicking phasmids found in the sub tropic and tropical forests on the East coast of Australia.

(Extatostoma tiaratum) Spiny leaf insects are leaf mimicking phasmids found in the sub tropic and tropical forests on the East coast of Australia. Adults achieve a length of approximately 14 – 20 cm and can occur in a range of colour forms from green / white / light brown / orange brown or under the right conditions they can develop a combination of colours (called a ‘lichen’ form). The most common form looks and is coloured like a dead leaf. Adult female possess tiny wings and cannot fly. If disturbed or agitated they can produce a defensive spray that is not unpleasant to humans. Males develop full wings and will fly short distances if disturbed. Spiny leaf insects are a good beginner – intermediate stick insect as they are tolerant of a range of conditions and they feed on a variety of native plants including (but not limited to) Syzygium (lily pilly), Agonis (weeping myrtle) and Eucalyptus (gum). Females are known to be parthenogenetic. A female spiny leaf insect will take approximately 6 months to reach maturity and will live for between 1 to 2 years as an adult. Males are faster to develop and don’t live as long. 

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