Giant Spiny Leaf Insect

Heteropteryx dilatata

In this sexually dimorphic species, the female is green or yellow and leaf-shaped, while the male is brown and looks like a dead curled leaf. Both have sharp body spines and can painfully clamp nosy predators with their spiny hind legs. Eggs are laid in the ground and take about a year to hatch.

Fact File

where to see themWhere to see them: World of the Insect
life expectancyLife Expectancy: 4 months
ecological roleEcological Role: Herbivore
habitatHabitat: Tropical rainforest
dietDiet: Guava leaves