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Tessellated Stick Insect (female)

Anchiale austrotessulata (former Ctenomorphodes tessulata)


One good reason why I bring my washing in before dark. This is a Tessellated Stick Insect, and because of its overall size and antennae length, is easily identified as a female. Males are smaller, but have longer antennae. Males can also fly, whereas the females can't. They are a common species of stick insect endemic to the Brisbane area. They usually feed on eucalyptus, but also adapt to other trees and grasses. Most other species of stick insects usually are low in population, but this species is known to occur in plague proportion from time to time. The name comes from the dark black tessellations, which resemble small spines on the thorax. PS: I estimate the total length of this female to be 28-29 cms (around 11 inches) from tip of the outstretched forelegs (right of the photo) to the tail fillaments. She's quite a large specimen.


Found clinging to my washing, beneath a large chinese elm tree, in a leafy suburban backyard in inner-city Brisbane.


Here's a male I spotted elsewhere in Brisbane -

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Neil Ross
Neil Ross 4 years ago

Hey, Daniele. How are you? Nice to be back, and totally refreshed. I took a wee break from most of my usual projects over the summer months. Just doing different stuff.

DanielePralong 4 years ago

Nice to see you again on Project Noah Neil. This is a fantastic series! Great info as well as usual.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 4 years ago

Fingers crossed. Thanks for the nomination :)

AshleyT 4 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 4 years ago

Haha yours is a female. Check out the wiki link on your spotting. Fascinating.

SukanyaDatta 4 years ago

I have no idea...I was sort of hoping you might know...

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 4 years ago

Do you know if your spotting is male or female. Might be a match.

SukanyaDatta 4 years ago

Thought it might like meeting the one from Sikkim, India .

Neil Ross
Spotted by
Neil Ross

Brisbane, QLD, Australia

Spotted on Dec 28, 2015
Submitted on Apr 17, 2016

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