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Spiny leaf insect male

Extatosoma tiaratum


Thin, brown, winged phasmid highly mimetic of a dry stick. Images of molting with wings emerging and folding. Note the old skin (exuvia).


Bred in captivity


Pic #1 has male drying his new wings Pic #2 shows mature male with wings folded normally Pic #1 and pic #4 have a nymph male in the top background. Pic #5 includes the exuvia beside the freshly emerged male. Pic #6 shows the male with wings set outstretched.

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MartinL 8 years ago

Its an amazing thing to observe these wings expand and then fold up neatly like a pleated dress. Thanks for your comments ReikoS and Mark

RiekoS 8 years ago

Very interesting. I never saw this spotting (I was not a member then). Thank you so much for sharing this. Amazing.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

That's excellent martin.
Your setup looks impressive too - I think they're living better lives than me and rightly so :)

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Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Dec 26, 2010
Submitted on Dec 26, 2011

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