A young female spiny stick insect has flattened leg sections and curled over abdomen to mimic dry leaves. This set focuses on the face to show the complex mouth parts.
This is a captive bred specimen.
This sub adult female is a fourth instar nymph and will shed two more times before fully grown. The final image is a male, with smoother profile and often darker. He will reach maturity at the next molt, having one less molt (five) than the females who have six.