Black Beauty Stick Insects

Over the last couple of weeks black beauty stick insects (Peruphasma schultei) have hatched from eggs that were laid several months ago. This species wasn’t identified until 2005 and has so far only been found in a 5km area of Peru.

Unlike most stick insects they don’t aren’t particularly well camouflaged but they are able to spray out an unpleasant liquid from glands behind their head as a form of defence.

We feed ours on privet.

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