AW Insect Book: Stick Insects - Photos & Descriptions

Tue Oct 15, 2013 6:27 pm

AW Insect Book: Stick Insects (Order Phasmida/Phasmatodea)

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Index to Stick Insects (Phasmatodea/Phasmida)

Tue Oct 15, 2013 7:20 pm

Stick Insects (Phasmatodea/Phasmida) - Index


Bactrododema krugeri Giant Stick Insect
Bactrododema reyi Stick Insect




Phalces brevis Cape Stick Insect



AW Insect Book: Stick Insects - Photos & Descriptions

Sun Feb 09, 2014 12:38 pm

Giant Stick Insect Bactrododema krugeri
Family: Diapheromeridae. Subfamily: Palophinae. Tribe: Palophini

This was an amazing sighting, in the thatch of one of the huts at Croc Bridge! This is without doubt the largest insect I have ever seen by quite a margin, I estimate that it was around 30 cm long :shock:

Image © BluTuna
Crocodile Bridge, Kruger National Park

Image © Pumbaa
Kruger National Park

A very large stick insect with wings in males and long horns (up to 7 mm long). With a body length of 163 mm or 295 mm taking outstretched legs into account (males) and between 193 mm and 226 mm for females, this stick insect is the longest species in South Africa.
Femora with subapical lobes and broad sub-basal foliose lobes.

Botswana, South Africa: Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Limpopo Province.
Note: In the Kruger National Park are only two species of Bactrododema found: B. krugeri and the smaller B. tiaratum.

Links: The Diapheromerid Stick Insects (Phasmida: Diapheromeridae) of South Africa; Phasmida Speciesfile; Meet SA's longest stick insect - almost the length of a 30cm ruler

Re: AW Insect Book: Stick Insects - Photos & Descriptions

Sun Apr 27, 2014 7:10 pm

Walking Stick, Stick Insect Bactrododema reyi
Family: Diapheromeridae Subfamily: Palophinae. Tribe: Palophini



Angola (?), Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia

The genus Bactrododema contains 4 species in the region: Bactrododema hecticum, Bactrododema krugeri, Bactrododema reyi, Bactrododema tiaratum

Re: AW Insect Book: Stick Insects - Photos & Descriptions

Thu Apr 30, 2015 6:38 am

Cape Stick Insect Phalces brevis
Family: Bacillidae. Subfamily: Bacillinae. Tribe: Phalcini

Image © steamtrainfan
Addo Elephant National Park, Spekboom hide

Medium-sized: male 50-55 mm, female 70-80 mm. Very stick-like, wingless insects with short antennae; colour varibale. The male is greenish brown, with three blue or green marks and white bands on the pronotum, hind part of the mesonotum and metanotum. Legs often a different colour from body, green with a brown base and apical band on all femora. The cerci are whitish. Females are usually brown, grey or green, perhaps speckled. The abdomen ends in a boat-shaped chute-like appendage, which varies in length. However, it is often around four times the length of the anal (last abdominal) segment.

Western Cape, Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal.

Females drop their glossy eggs to the ground. The resulting nymphs moult five times, taking about 4-6 months to mature; adults live 4-6 months. Each female usually lays a few hundred eggs. Adults remain well concealed in the daytime, often moving away from their foodplants, only to return at night.
When disturbed, nymphs may sway from side to side. Bisexual reproduction is by means of a spermatophore (sperm sac), although they can reproduce parthenogenetically. Certain ants are attracted to eggs, which they carry to their nest by the capitulum (knob on the lid of the egg). The capitulum is removed and eaten without reducing egg viability.

Links: The Bacillid Stick Insects of South Africa; Phasmida Speciesfile