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Stick Insect, Phasmid - Female

Haaniella echinata


Not the typical Stick insect look, wide bodied and stout and full of spines. Pic#1 shows and adult Female and pic#2 shows a female nymph. They have small wings, which they cannot use to fly. Species from this genus Haaniella can be very aggressive. They have big spines on their body and also their hind legs. When touched, they may flick their hind legs with the intention to hurt predators with their sharp spines. Although not shown in the pictures, this species has some interesting colours with bands of blue, green and red in the joints of their legs.


Tropical forest. One of the widest spread of the Haaniella species, found mostly in the low altitudes in Borneo.

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Tawau, Sabah, Malaysia

Spotted on May 9, 2015
Submitted on May 29, 2015

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