Giant Jumping Stick

Stiphra

Is this insect a walking stick? Take a closer look at the hind legs—they’re modified for jumping. It actually is a stick-like grasshopper! The large bulging eyes sitting high atop the bizarre head undoubtedly provide a panoramic view of its surroundings, and approaching predators.

Fact File

where to see themWhere to see them: World of the Insect
lifespanLifespan: Male - 2 months; Female - 1 year
ecological roleEcological Role: Herbivore
habitatHabitat: Tropical rainforest
dietDiet: Leaves

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