Sunday 4 January 2009

Peppermint Stick Insect

The Peppermint Stick Insect, Megacrania batesii, is not only a fantastic looking insect, it also gives off a peppermint scent when disturbed.

This photo comes from Zooillogix, where there is also some more information about this species.

This is not the first appearance of the genus Megacrania on Invertebrate Diaries, a closely related species, Megacrania tsuadi, has already graced these virtual pages.

For more information on Megacrania check them out at the Phasmid Study Group website here or the Phasmida Species File website here.

1 comment:

Roberta Laidman said...

Thanks for alerting me to this fabulous phasmid (through Facebook). If I weren't continually surprised by the variety of insects, I wouldn't have believed it.