Vietnamese Stick Bug (Ramulus
||Vietnam and Southeast
Vietnamese Stick Bugs have very long front legs.
They are one of the easiest Stick Bug to take care
for. Nymphs mature to their adult form in three
months. They leave for 3 to 4 months after reaching
adult size. They are nocturnal, which means they
remain virtually motionless throughout the day.
Nymphs that have missing limbs are likely to regenerate
the missing parts at the next molt. They are are
sexual, but parthenogenetic if there is no male
in the population.
Female: adults get up to 4- 4 1/4 inches
(10-11cm) long. Apterous, with very short antennas.
Usually plain green but sometimes reddish or brown
in color. The most intriguing thing about them i
think is when you hold them on their leg or make
it some how feel like it is stuck, the female will
take out its very sharp needle which is located
on the end on the underside of its abdomen, and
hit you constantly with that needle really hard.
Male: adults get up to 3 1/8- 3 1/2 inches
(8-9cm), shiny brown with white knees. In contrast
to the females, a lot thinner with a smooth head.
Males have a full set of wings. Also males are very
rare in captivity.
Diet: Bramble, Hawthorn, Ivy, Raspberry, Rose, Oak, Hazel,
Cherry, Red/ Yellow
Few weeks old nymph.
Head and eye view
Head and Thorax view.
With front legs adults measure up to 8 inches (20cm)
long. Notice the needle at the end of its abdomen,
they will use it when threatened.