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Stick insects

I decided to go to one of my favourite insect-hunting spots today. It’s a hot 3km walk from my house but it’s worth the effort because the place is always teeming with life. The path leaves the road next to … Continue reading

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Stick insect: Phraortes illepidus

Extremely hot day for walking today! We didn’t get so far but made some exciting discoveries, chief among which was this beautiful red-striped stick insect (eda-nanafushi). I should point out that only the male of this species has the red … Continue reading

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Stick Insect

This species can be distinguished from other stick insects in Japan by its short antennae. In Japanese it is called a “false stick insect” (nanafushi-modoki), but in fact it’s in the same family. Phasmatodea: Phasmatidae Baculum irregulariterdentatum = nanafushi-modoki (lit. … Continue reading

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Stick Insect

It was great to find this stick insect (nanafushi) today. I remember keeping them as pets when I was a kid in the UK – we had to buy them from an insect supplier – and now I live somewhere … Continue reading

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