Stick-insect<<<< Back to insects
- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum: Arthropoda
- Class: Insecta
- SperOrder: Exopterygota
- Order: Phasmatodea
- Conservation status: Least concern
- Areal: Asia and New Zealand
- Habitat: most species are found in the tropics
- Diet: Herbivores: plants
- Size: 1.5-38cm (0.5-15in)
- Colors: brown, green, grey, red
- Length: 2 cm - 30cm (1 to 12 inches)
- Prey: plants
- Predators: Birds, small reptiles, and rodents
- Lifespan: 5 - 12 months
- Reproduction: about 100 - 1000 Eggs
- Special Features: Body long and thin, like sticks
Bat bugs are part of the order Phasmatodea with other 3,000 species of insects stick. Although not many have heard of them, they are passionate breeders are among the most common insects.
The majority of species live in tropical and subtropical Asia, America and Australia.
It can also be found in insect numelel branch. The scientific name comes from ancient Greek and means appearance.
These insects are beneficial to forests that recycles dead leaves. Massive deforestation cause the insects to go in crops that were destroyed their natural environment.
It must protect the forests in which they live because otherwise beneficial species will disappear.
Stick insects are vegetariele and feed on leaves and fresh buds. Some species feed on oak leaves of Ficus benjamina or ivy.
Food is appropriate in captivity bud, raspberries, dogwood or Macies.
If you pick food personal care is not sprayed with harmful substances.
When you bring home Wash thoroughly after feeding insect. An alternative is to increase the plant you and to place the pot in the "house" insect to feed.
Branch insects are masters of camouflage. Swinging in the wind just like the trees. There are many species of insects stick. Some have developed even protuberances that mimic tree bark, stone and most varied leaves. Some species have cylindrical body, others flat. The body and legs are long and thin. In some species the antennae are longer than the body.
It is becoming increasingly common in the terrarium. If you want to grow as a pet a stick insect must have a "home" as her needs. Generally what should have to climb, but needs and horizontal branches that can rest. This varies depending on the species.
These insects living at temperatures around 25 degrees Celsius with high humidity in general. Be careful with food. You must be documented before buying such a bug. Spinach and carrots are toxic to many species.
Besides camouflage, which is the main weapon of defense against predators, they have several methods of protection depending on the species. Some species go very suddenly very strong colors. Brightly colored creatures in the animal world means danger and are not edible because they are toxic.
Some species resort to mimicry method (mimic other animals leave the front legs to mimic scorpuinul or noises such as snake, etc.).
Stick insects have poisonous glands but can occur as predators. To save his life eliminate smelly substances with nausea, his tear others. Some species vomit to put off predators.
A method disgusting but effective if an application needed. Other insect knock acid basted. The longest stick insect can reach a length of 55cm.
Role very important that we bring nature is that feed on dead leaves and soil nutrients by sending defecation. Creates a new substrate for the next year and help recycle forest.
Some species of insect stick to reproduce themselves. Parthenogenesis is the ability to reproduce without sex.
Females reproduce only give birth only to females. Females reproduce with males give birth to both females and males.
The most prolific insects lay up to 2,000 eggs. Most eggs are so small they can barely be seen with the naked eye.
The eggs are tiny, like plant seeds.
Did you know that:
Stick insect he can regenerate lost limbs.
Depending on the species can occur in various ways: Sasa as a snake, basted acid, vomiting, remove strong odors, etc.
They are perhaps the greatest masters of camouflage in the animal kingdom.