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GIANT PRICKLY STICK INSECT or MACLEAY’S SPECTREFamily: Phasmatidae Extatosoma tiaratum		  	©CSIRO Entomology
Female adults are covered with thorn-like spikes for defense and camouflage. Their long, rounded bodies grow to about 8 inches (20 cm) long. The females are further described as “heavy-bodied, brachypterous and (having) numerous spines and integumental expansions on the body and legs, including a tuft of spines on the conical occiput of the hypognathous head”. As mentioned, the wings of the female are too small for flying
Both genders, when threatened, stand on the front and middle legs, pointing their abdomen up or to the side in a sort of “scorpion” pose. They fold back their legs to defend themselves if anything comes in contact with their abdomen. Adult males can release a defensive odor that humans might not find offensive as it “is rather reminiscent of peanut butter or toffee”
Fact Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extatosoma_tiaratum
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GIANT PRICKLY STICK INSECT or MACLEAY’S SPECTRE
Family: Phasmatidae
Extatosoma tiaratum
©
CSIRO Entomology

Female adults are covered with thorn-like spikes for defense and camouflage. Their long, rounded bodies grow to about 8 inches (20 cm) long. The females are further described as “heavy-bodied, brachypterous and (having) numerous spines and integumental expansions on the body and legs, including a tuft of spines on the conical occiput of the hypognathous head”. As mentioned, the wings of the female are too small for flying

Both genders, when threatened, stand on the front and middle legs, pointing their abdomen up or to the side in a sort of “scorpion” pose. They fold back their legs to defend themselves if anything comes in contact with their abdomen. Adult males can release a defensive odor that humans might not find offensive as it “is rather reminiscent of peanut butter or toffee”

Fact Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extatosoma_tiaratum

Other Photos you may like:

Child’s Stick closed and open

Spiny Flower Mantis Showing Display

Chan Megastick - Walking Stick

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