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heteropteryx dilatata (female). The thorny body of a female Jungle Nymph...
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Image #: DSC_0066-20001
Species: heteropteryx dilatata (female)
Location: Gopeng, Perak
Description: The thorny body of a female Jungle Nymph. When threatened, this phasmid raises up it's rear end like a scorpion, moves it's sharp spiked legs in a scissor-like motion and hisses to scare off intruders. Females are bright green although rare yellow ones have sometimes been seen, while the much smaller males are reddish to brown. Unfortunately these insects are under threat from poachers who sell them to the souvenir and pet trades.