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 that has them in the wild! In fact, there are 18 species of stick insect in Japan, so I’m hoping to find some more in the future.

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Phasmatodea = Phasmida
Sipyloidea sipylus
Pink-winged stick insect = taiwan-tobi-nanafushi

Location: path near Hyoutan Pond (map)