Madagascar Stick Bug, also
called Pink Wing Stick Insect (Sipyloidea sipylus)
||South-east Asia, Australia, Madagascar.
Female's: posterior wings measure 1 3/4
inches (4.5cm) and enable the flight. All female
Sipyloidea species have cerci. The wing stubs (with
rose veins when adult) appear at the 3rd moult and
measure about 5mm. The females get up to 4 inches
(10cm) long. Adults have medium wings which they
use to fly for short distances, when spooked they
will spray out a chemical which smells a little
like skunk but very mild which is located under
thorax. The smell is a little similar to the smell
of a Lady Bug's pooh, but much stronger. Their wings
are usually purple, white, or brown. Although it
is possible for some to have any other wing colour.
Adult life expectancy 7 to 12 month. Also they got
very long antennas. They lays their eggs 2 weeks
after the last moult, about 100 eggs. They glue
their eggs which look a little hairy on the bramble
stems or on the vivarium glass.
Males: 2 3/8- 3 1/8 inches (6- 8cm) long
(males are extremely rare in this specie).
Diet: Bramble, Hawthorn, Oak, Raspberry, Rose,
Yellow Salmon Berry.
Sipyloidea Sipylus's ova.
L1 two days old nymph.
Female, will become an adult in 1 molt.
Skin left behind after molting
An adult female after molting a few hours ago.
Cloth up of Thorax and Head.
Getting ready to "fly".
Female's fully opened wings.
As they mature, their "veins" in the
wings become more colorful.
Sipyloidea Sipylus flapping its wings.