California Academy of Sciences

Madagascan stick insect

Sipyloidea sipylus

 

Long Label

Where does the stick end and the insect begin? Over 2,700 species of these insects live among sticks, twigs and leaves, hidden by their shape and color. If camouflage fails, this species has a secret weapon—a nasty chemical that it sprays at intruders.

 

Short Label

Stick insects live among twigs, leaves and sticks camouflaged by body shape and color. If camouflage fails, this one sprays a foul liquid.

 

©2008 California Academy of Sciences