Golden-eyed stick in­sect

The picky eater

World of Animals - - Stick Insects -

The golden-eyed stick in­sect lives in a very small area of for­est in

Peru. Since its dis­cov­ery in 2004 it has be­come one of the most pop­u­lar stick in­sects for col­lec­tors and en­thu­si­asts thanks to its strik­ing coloura­tion. Both sexes have the char­ac­ter­is­tic yel­low eyes, as well as red mouth­parts and ves­ti­gial wings. As is usual among stick in­sects, fe­males are con­sid­er­ably larger than males.

A vel­vety body cov­ered in tiny bris­tles gives the species its al­ter­nate com­mon name: the black beauty stick in­sect. It’s not yet known what func­tion the bris­tles (se­tae) per­form, but they could help with sens­ing the en­vi­ron­ment or grip­ping onto branches and leaves. This stick in­sect is se­lec­tive when it comes to food, feed­ing on the leaves of just one species of pep­per tree in the wild.

While most golden-eyed stick in­sects have red wings and mouth­parts, a less com­mon pink morph ex­ists with pale pink wings and yel­low mouth­parts. GolDen-eyeD stick in­sect

Peruphasma schul­tei

class In­secta

ter­ri­tory Cordillera del Cón­dor, north­ern Peru Diet Pep­per tree leaves

life­span 1–2 years in cap­tiv­ity

adult weight Un­known con­ser­va­tion sta­tus

not eVaL­U­ateD

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