Giant stick insect baby

This newly hatched stick insect has the scientfic name Phryganistria heusii yentuensis, which is a bit of a mouthful, so it is often referred to as the giant Vietnamese stick insect and is considered to be the second largest species in the world.

The hatchling emerged from an egg in a batch that we recently collected from Bristol Zoo, hopefully over the next few weeks plenty more will emerge.

Feeding on bramble in just a few months this delicate looking baby will have grown to over 30cm in length.

Vietnamese stick insect

This species was only identified by scientists in 2014 during a scientific survey in the forests of Vietnam and is generally considered the second longest species of stick insect.

If you like insects you may enjoy this link to a video our amazing leaf cutter ants.


1 Comment

  1. Oh wow, that’s one beautiful stick insect, I so hope more hatch! Do the lovely stripey legs stay into adulthood?

    Looking forward to seeing it (and any siblings) on our next visit.

    Cathy 🙂

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