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  Crown Stick Insect (Onchestus rentzi)





Crown Stick Insect | Onchestus rentzi photo
male and female Onchestus Rentzi pinned, Queensland Museum

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CROWN STICK INSECT FACTS

Identification
The Crown Stick Insect is dark brown or dark grey. The wings are blackish with white checkered pattern or white bands parallel to the curve of the wing. They get their name from a lumpy protuberance on the top of the head like a crown. The crown is present on both male and female. Males are much more slender than females.

Size
length to 12cm

Habitat
found in coastal and mountain rainforest

Food
feed on foliage of ??

Breeding
The Crown Stick Insect drops her eggs to the ground from a tree. The eggs are about 5mm long.

Range
The Crown Stick Insect is found in coastal Queensland and the Northern Territory.



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Phasmatodea
Family:Phasmatidae
Genus:Onchestus
Species:rentzi
Common Name:Crown Stick Insect