Leaf Insect

Leaf Insect

‘Leaf Insect’ is an insect in the order of stick insects (Phasmida) that looks like a leaf.

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This species of leaf insect is bright green and has a body shaped like a leaf. This means it is flat and broad and has brown spots at the rims of the body. The abdomen shows veins like leaves have and the legs are equipped with lobes. They are often bright green like a young leaf, but occasionally there are brown, yellow, pinkish variants of this species to be found.

The difference between males and females is huge once they are adults. The females are larger, thicker, wider than the males. The males are really small and slender. Adult females have broad wings that lay flat on their backs, but they lack underwings that are necessary for flight. The males also have very long antennae. When the leaf insects are still nymphs you can already see the difference in body size and shape between males and females.

This species of leaf insect is very quiet during the day but becomes active during the night. When they walk they will walk in a stop-go kind of way as if they are moved by the wind. The males can fly once they become adults, and they generally will do this often when disturbed. The females cannot fly.

This species of leaf insect eats blackberries, rose, oak leaves. Nymphs are prone to drowning, so make sure you do not provide them with large droplets of water. Young nymphs cannot eat from undamaged leaves, so you should cut off the edges of the leaves to allow them to eat.

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