Thorny devil stick insect.

Thorny Devil Stick Insect

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The thorny devil stick insect is a large stick insect from New Guinea and other nearby islands.

Thorny devil stick insect.

Thorny devil stick insect (Eurycantha calcarata), Toronto Zoo.

In spite of their threatening names thorny devil stick insects are vegetarian and will not try to eat you.

Thorny devil stick insect.

Apparently some people keep these insects as pets and even breed them in captivity.

In the absence of males Eurycantha calcarata females can reproduce by parthenogenesis (“virgin birth”).

Further Readings:

Thorny devil stick insect on the Toronto Zoo website.
New Guinea Spiny Stick Insect.
Giant Spiny Stick Bug (Eurycantha calcarata).
Eurycantha calcarata on Wikipedia.
Last updated: September 8, 2014

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