Macleay's Spectre Stick Insect - Australia
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7 - 100 YEARS OLD
These vegetarians eat eucalyptus, hazel, rose, raspberry, and oak leaves.
Eggs look like seeds and take, on average, 4-9 months to hatch. In rare cases, they can take up to 2 years. Females can reproduce without males (parthenogenesis), but will lay only female eggs. Each nymph shed represents an instar stage and occurs roughly every month (5/males, 6/females) to reach maturity. Nymphs, but not adults can regenerate lost limbs while still growing in the instar stages. Males live 6-9 months as an adult, females 9-18 months.
Females can grow to 8” in the wild but only 4-6” in captivity. Males possess a long, fully functional set of wings. They breathe through their skin, so if their body gets submerged in water, they will drown.