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Crown Stick Insect

Onchestus rentzi (male)

Description:

Slender phasmid of about 8cm from head to tip of the abdomen. It camouflages against tree bark, where it becomes almost impossible to spot; it's coloured in irregular shades of brown, with two spines on the head (crown) and two on the thorax; the wings are well developed and it can fly. The wings are also used to scare off potential predators; if harassed, Onchestus rentzi will open its wings showing a black and white/blueish pattern, and bounce up and down in a threatening display.

Habitat:

Rainforest in Northern Queensland, Australia. This species was spotted on the Atherton Tablelands, inland from Cairns.

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2 Comments

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 3 years ago

Thank you, Sergio.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 3 years ago

Almost too fantastic to believe! Great critter and photos.

Felix Fleck
Spotted by
Felix Fleck

Cairns, QLD, Australia

Spotted on Dec 18, 2008
Submitted on Aug 26, 2016

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