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Spiny Leaf Insect

Extatosoma tiaratum


Juvenile leaf insect (had wing buds), body length approx 10 cms. As a defense it curled up its abdomen, which had numerous spines. Its legs looked like leaves. Excellent camouflage. It looked like a bunch of dried leaves.


Spotted on guava tree in open woodland on Cairns campus of James Cook University.

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Andrea Lim
Andrea Lim 6 years ago

Thank you Lauren!

LaurenZarate 6 years ago

Great photo!

DanielePralong 7 years ago

Thanks Andrea!

Andrea Lim
Andrea Lim 7 years ago

Sorry about that. Will upload new pics tomorrow. Cheers!

DanielePralong 7 years ago

Hi Andrea! Great to see you back on Project Noah! Your new watermark is quite large with respect to the image. Can we kindly ask you to make it smaller or less obtrusive. Thanks!
From our FAQ: "You are allowed to add a watermark to the photos you share but we request that this is unobtrusive and does not dominate the image in any way".

Andrea Lim
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Andrea Lim

Cairns, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Feb 17, 2014
Submitted on Feb 17, 2014

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