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  Pink-winged Phasma (Podacanthus typhon)





Pink-winged Phasma | Podacanthus typhon photo
Pink-winged Phasma

Image by Benjamin a jacob - GNU Free Documentation License.    (view image details)

Pink-winged Phasma | Podacanthus typhon photo
Pink-winged Phasma

Image by Benjamin a jacob - GNU Free Documentation License.    (view image details)



PINK-WINGED PHASMA FACTS

Identification
The Pink-winged Phasma has striking pink wings with reddish pink veins and green leading edge. The front pair of wings are short and green. The wing covers are pale green and ridged in the centre. The legs are reddish pink and fairly short. The mesothorax is short and narrow with numerous tubercles. The body is long and pink above with last segment green, with two long thin cerci. Both males and females can fly.

Size
length to 20cm

Food
feeds on leaves of various species of Eucalypt trees

Breeding
The eggs are small and ribbed with a knob on the end and look a bit like tiny pineapples.

Range
found in south east Australia in New South Wales and Victoria



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Phasmatodea
Family:Phasmatidae
Genus:Podacanthus
Species:typhon
Common Name:Pink-winged Phasma