Japan Walking Stick Insect – Nanafushi ナナフシ

Walking stick insects (Phasmatodea) are fascinating not only for their alien appearance but also for their behavior which includes rocking their bodies to appear as twigs moving in a gentle breeze. These insects are called Nanafushi ナナフシ in Japanese. This behavior may also be a clever trick to help the insect discriminate nearby objects from background clutter. Some species of stick insects are able to reproduce without males through a process called parthenogenesis. Some species of stick insect make excellent pets as they are easily reared in captivity. The red dots on this insect are a type of parasite called “Acarina“.

My thanks to YouTube members “sydneyricefish” and “rainelfy” for sharing their knowledge of these animals in comments.


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