SPECIES 4 x assorted Phasmids + mantids
ORIGIN South America
FRAME 25.5x28.5xD5cm Made from recycled products.
DESCRIPTION As their name suggests these cryptic insects have the shape and colouring of the leaves and twigs of the plants they inhabit. Phasmids are distinctive insects and are often large to very large ranging in size from 30 to 300 millimetres in body length. Stick and leaf insects, when discovered will often drop to the ground and remain motionless rather than take flight. Some species will also shed legs when attacked, growing them back over time. Phasmids are distinguishable by the following features:
- Body shape variable but most are elongate and cylindrical or flattened and resemble sticks, leaves or grass
- 2 pairs of wings although some species are wingless
- Wings when present consist of short, hardened forewings which form a protective cover over part of the larger membranous hind wings
- Antennae are filiform and may be either short or long
Phasmid nymphs usually resemble adults but lack wings.
Male phasmids are generally smaller than the females and have more functional wings. It is usually the males that will fly around to locate a mate. Female phasmids usually lay their eggs in leaf litter and can lay between 100 and 1000 depending on the species. The eggs may hatch in the same season they were laid or remain in the litter to hatch up to 3 seasons later depending on the conditions. Nymphs moult several times before reaching maturity and development may take from a few weeks up to a few months.
All phasmids are herbivores as both adults and nymphs feeding on the leaves of trees and shrubs, although a few species are known to eat grasses. Nymphs favour the younger softer leaves at the tips of branches while adults are able to feed on both young and old leaves. Some populations of stick insect species can grow to such large numbers that they become pests, defoliating entire stands of trees with their voracious appetites.
Not often stocked - we only have a few of these available
COMES IN RECYCLED CARDBOARD GIFT BOX