Sunny stick insect
The spiny island stick
Both sexes of this species tend to be brown with striped markings, but the females show more contrast in colour. They’re covered in short spines, which might help to deter predators lurking on the islands of the Philippines.
Sunny stick insects lack wings, but they can employ a couple of theatrical defence methods if they feel threatened. A common trick among stick insects involves the creatures swaying as they walk to mimic leaves being blown by a breeze, but things step up a gear if that doesn’t work. Suddenly tucking its legs in and going rigid, a walking stick will drop to the floor and feign death in the hope that whatever has frightened it will lose interest and go away.
Female colouration is highly variable, with some just covered in patches of different browns and others showing the eye-catching white stripe along their bodies.
sunny stick insect
territory Philippines Diet Tropical leaves lifespan 18 months
adult weight 5g (0.2oz) conservation status