Saturday, 25 May 2013

In the Blogs: Monteith's Leaf Insect, Phyllium monteithi Brock and Hasenpusch, in Detail

Over at BunyipCo David Rentz has some new photographs of this elusive species.

Monteith's Leaf Insect, Phyllium moneithi Brock and Hasenpusch, has been noted in this blog on several occasions. Females are very rarely found. They seem to be restricted to the rainforest canopy and are reluctant to fly, if they can. Only a single female has been discovered in several years of searching by many local enthusiasts. Males come to lights and one was found in mid-May, rather late in the season. This one seemed especially photogenic and lent itself to some close-up photography.

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