I see all kinds of weird unidentifiable (By me anyways!) Many are referred to as stick insects, stick-bugs or walking sticks. A plasmid is a small, extrachromosomal DNA molecule within a cell that is physically separated from chromosomal DNA and can replicate independently. bugs and had nobody to ask about them. Leaf insect bodies tend to be flatter, with a horizontal surface that mimics a leaf. The ones we have are spiny leaf phasmids (also known as Macleay’s Spectre). Safety Notice — Nasty Walkingstick Bug Be on the lookout for this bug… Here is a safety related tid bit that I discovered because of my dog. Phasmids are insects that eat leaves, and resemble leaves or sticks for camouflage. Our best guess here is probably some species of Phasmid or Walkingstick. Phasmids generally mimic their surroundings in color, normally green or brown, although some species are brilliantly colored and others conspicuously striped. Phasmids also have lengthy segmented antennae, with anywhere from 8 to 100 segments depending on the species.Some stick and leaf insects sport elaborate spines or other accessories, to improve their … Eric Eaton wrote to confirm our identification, but sadly, we have lost his exact words. He added that this is probably a toxic species based on the coloration. I am living in the country of Panama and work in a limestone quarry located inside some pretty dense rain forest. All parts of this plant are poisonous, whether fresh or dry. Leaf insects feed on plants and typically inhabit densely vegetated areas. Leaf insect, (family Phylliidae), any of more than 50 species of flat, usually green insects (order Phasmida, or Phasmatodea) that are known for their striking leaflike appearance. Poison hemlock prefers moist areas and can show up as a single plant to large groups and can be from several inches tall in a garden bed to four feet. I don’t like to kill them; only photograph them. Extatosoma tiaratum, commonly known as the spiny leaf insect, the giant prickly stick insect, Macleay's spectre, or the Australian walking stick, is a large species of Australian stick insect endemic to Australia. Could we have this thread unstickied they are not TOXIC as stated above, they have a defensive spray that can cause various symptoms as described above but are not TOXIC. The Indian stick insect, which is sometimes kept as a pet, is given complete branches from several plant species, including the blackberry and raspberry, to feed upon in captivity, Other plants given to captive phasmids include rose, ivy, hawthorn, oak and privet. In a tree, they moult into a green or brown, slow-moving leaf mimic. Many stick insects have wings, some spectacularly beautiful, while others resemble little more than a stump. There are about 3000 species of phasmid worldwide. Adults should always supervise children when handling phasmids. They are rather awesome looking creatures. Phasmids occasionally also eat berries and fruit. The young phasmids (or nymphs) hatch after one to three years underground and look and behave like red-headed black ants. Stick and leaf insects have leathery, elongate bodies, and long thin legs designed for walking slowly. They emerge from the ant nest and climb rapidly upwards, looking for soft green leaves. Phasmids are wild creatures and should be treated with respect and handled with caution. Children have even perished from making straws from its stem. No one has died from contact with any Phasmid and this thread does nothing more than instill fear of Phasmid into people who do not do their homework. Their natural range extends from islands in The species has the Phasmid Study Group number PSG9. Poison hemlock (and also water hemlock) is extremely dangerous. The warnings are not an exhaustive list and other potentially dangerous behaviour may be exhibited by phasmids that is not listed here. I … A number of species have spines and tubercles on their bodies. Hi!