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Stick Insect, Phasmid


This Stick Insect, Phasmid has lost her 2 front legs. Contrary to some beliefs, they do not regrow their legs at will. Phasmids moults around 5-6 times in their life span with Female having one extra moult before getting to adulthood. If they lost their legs early on in their life cycle, they may be able to re-grow their legs in the following moult. However, this may not be fully developed leg right away and it may take 2-3 moults for the legs to get nearly to its original length. There will be instances that you can see the legs are shorter than the other side of the leg (as not all 3 pairs of legs are of the same length/shape). Despite losing 1-2 legs, sometimes even 3-4 legs, they may still be able to survive.


Tropical forest

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Tawau, Sabah, Malaysia

Lat: 4.46, Long: 117.95

Spotted on Mar 10, 2015
Submitted on Jun 18, 2015

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