Malagasy Blue Stick Insect

Achrioptera fallax

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Malagasy Blue Stick Insects, also known as ‘Walking Sticks’, are brilliant at camouflaging, resembling the twigs of the trees they inhabit, and will even sway backwards and forwards like a branch would in a breeze. Males are bright turquoise with orange spines and red antennae, whereas females are much larger and drab in colour, but better equipped for camouflaging. However, both possess small, bright, flightless red wings which they open widely and flash with a loud rustling noise to startle predators.

Home: Madagascar.

Diet: Herbivorous; leaves.

Lifestyle: Terrestrial, inhabiting forests, mimicking bunches of thorny twigs amongst the trees.  

Young: Most stick insect species reproduce without the aid of a male, this is known as asexual reproduction. However Malagasy blue stick insects are different to most stick insects; they can choose whether to produce with or without the need of a male. Females lay 40-50 eggs which drop to the forest floor, going unnoticed as they resemble seeds.

Lifespan: 2 years.

Conservation Status: Not yet evaluated.

Malagasy Blue Stick Insect