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Tessellated stick insect
Male Ctenomorphodes tessulatus.jpg
Male Ctenomorphodes tessulatus
Scientific classification
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Ctenomorphodes
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C. tessulatus
Binomial name
Ctenomorphodes tessulatus
(Gray)
Synonyms
  • Anchiale austrotessulata (Gray)

Ctenomorphodes tessulatus, the tessellated stick insect, tessellated phasmid or tessulata stick insect, is a medium-sized, stick insect found in the Brisbane area of Australia. Fully grown males in mating season exhibit frenetic behaviour. This species is also parthenogenetic.

Description

Tessellated stick insects are brown grey. Females are about 150 mm (5.9 in) long and males are about 120 mm (4.7 in) long. The name comes from the black and white tessellations in the wings. Females are short winged and flightless, whilst the long-winged males are capable of flight. Eggs are tiny (3 millimetres [0.12 in]), shiny black with a white capitulum.

Behaviour

Females, like many phasmids in Australia, flick their eggs to the ground in order to attract ants to take them to the ant refinery where they hatch over seasons.

Rearing in captivity

Nymphs will hatch if they are in crevices in rock and will not hatch in dry conditions, whilst on sand the eggs will hatch as well. Cold conditions will hatch the eggs if they were in a non-dry environment, in a crevice, and on sand.

Females are parthenogenetic so a single egg can start a population, occasionally causing defoliation but all eggs produced this way will be females. Rearing the nymphs is quick and easy, low maintenance cleaning and when adult, mating is easy and simple.

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