SUNNY STICK INSECT

lass Insecta

Order Phasmatodea

Family Heteropterygidae

Main features

Body length ranges between 7-9 cm and can sometimes reach 10-11 cm. The males are leaner and significantly smaller than females. The coloring of the females is fairly varied. The females tend to have more contrasting colors, with areas of dark brown, light brown and black, with white bands on the legs and/or body. The males tend to be light brown or medium brown and have on the mesonotuman and metanotuman a sometimes indistinct, wide longitudinal line that may be, depending on the base color, a dark brown on light background or light brown on dark background. Both sexes are wingless and have relatively short and blunt spines, with particularly the spiked crown on the back of the head and the four spines on mesonotum and metanotum. These are slightly pointed and especially sharp in the females. Life span of adults is about 7 months.

The species leads sedentary lifestyle. Usually all the day long they are hiding among the leaves and branches of trees, hardly moving. Insects are most active at night.

Area

It lives in tropical rain forests in the Philippines.

Breeding

In nature, males are much less likely than females. In captivity females reproduce by parthenogenesis - youth develops from the unfertilized eggs and represented only by females.

Females start reproducing in 3-4 weeks after the last molt. They lay 10 12 eggs individually into the damp substrate at a depth of 1-2 cm. Incubation takes 4 to 6 months at a temperature of 25 30C, then larvae appear. They grow quickly and in 4-6 months become adults.

Diet

Feed on plant leaves and pink bean family (various acacias) and ivy, oak, hibiscus.

In Kyiv Zoo stick insects are presented it the exhibition "Islands of animals."

SUNNY STICK INSECT