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.
Labels: stick insect
I work on projects related to technology and taxonomy at the Natural History Museum, and as an advisor for the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature. My interests are in entomology (stick insects, cockroaches and insect acoustics) and how technology can change the way research is done in biology and museums. Big fan of open access, open data and open hardware.
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