The heavyweight champion
Some stick insects are slender and delicate, but female jungle nymphs are bulky creatures. They’re the heaviest members of the order; these bright green beasts dwarf the males, which are less than half the size.
Males have large wings capable of flight, but the females have short wings that simply can’t support their huge bodies. Not being able to take to the air doesn’t leave the females defenceless in the face of danger though; they have spines on their back legs that can puncture skin when the armoured limbs are snapped together. A rustling sound from the wings gives an attacker fair warning of what’s in store, and an animal that’s experienced the spiky attack is unlikely to ignore the sounds a second time.
Both male and female jungle nymphs have spines on their legs, but those on the female’s hind limbs are much sharper and easily draw blood.
Diet Tropical leaves
lifespan Up to 2 years
adult weight Females 65g