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Hatching spiny leaf insect

Extatosoma tiaratum

Description:

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.

Habitat:

Captive bred but native to eastern Australian forests.

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11 Comments

Johan Heyns
Johan Heyns 8 years ago

Timing! Great shots!

MartinL
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
YukoChartraw 8 years ago

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

MartinL
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
MacChristiansen 8 years ago

Nice pice Martin

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 8 years ago

Excelent, Martin. Congrats.

ScottHarte
ScottHarte 8 years ago

amazing that all that body was in the tiny egg.

MartinL
MartinL 8 years ago

Thanks harsuame and RiekoS

harsuame
harsuame 8 years ago

Asombroso muy raro :: excelente captura::

RiekoS
RiekoS 8 years ago

Very interesting. Nince spotting!

MartinL
Spotted by
MartinL

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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

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