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Crown stick insect

Onchestus rentzi (female)

Description:

Brown stocky stick insect with small brown wings and a curious pair of bunny ears.

Habitat:

From coastal queensland, these stick insects are likely to stay near the ground, avoiding the treetops. They mimic dead sticks rather than green leaves.

Notes:

When startled, they can flash their wings, even producing a rustling sound, in an attempt to ward of a hungry predator (pic # 3). In the main pic, I have grabbed her abdomen to provoke this display. This specimen is not local my location. It is bred in captivity. The link shows two females and no males - I will post one shortly. Her egg is here, top left http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/819...

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Crown stick insect
Onchestus rentzi


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3 Comments

MartinL
MartinL 8 years ago

Thanks for the tip argybee, I'd missed it. I've heard of a complete new ORDER of insects recently discovered http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/...

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

This reminds me martin - did you see the mantid mimicking a stick insect? http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/116...

oxyjack
oxyjack 8 years ago

Nice capture of the wing folds!

MartinL
Spotted by
MartinL

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on May 14, 2012
Submitted on May 14, 2012

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