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Hatching spiny leaf insect

Extatosoma tiaratum


This tiny stick insect is emerging from its capsule. The egg has a small cap (operculum) seen on the unopened egg. The knob, (frenulum) is sugary and encourages red headed meat ants to bring the egg into its underground nest. Here the egg incubates in safety until hatching and making a rapid escape.


Captive bred but native to eastern Australian forests.

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Johan Heyns
Johan Heyns 8 years ago

Timing! Great shots!

MartinL 8 years ago

Thanks Leuba and Yuko

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 8 years ago

Very nice series, Martin. I love the little eggs- like pots from an archaeological dig.

YukoChartraw 8 years ago

Superb spotting! I agree with Scottharte - amazing how they were in those tiny eggs. :O

MartinL 8 years ago

Thanks ScottHarte and asergio and MacChristiansen.
I appreciate your comments. Many stick insects look similar as hatchlings and diverge progressively with each molt. This species with its red head is quite distinctive.

MacChristiansen 8 years ago

Nice pice Martin

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 8 years ago

Excelent, Martin. Congrats.

ScottHarte 8 years ago

amazing that all that body was in the tiny egg.

MartinL 8 years ago

Thanks harsuame and RiekoS

harsuame 8 years ago

Asombroso muy raro :: excelente captura::

RiekoS 8 years ago

Very interesting. Nince spotting!

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Dec 17, 2012
Submitted on Dec 17, 2012

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