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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.