Jungle Nymph Heteropteryx dilatata

Jungle Nymph male and female
Jungle Nymph female
Jungle Nymph female
The Jungle Nymph, also called Malaysian Jungle Nymph, is a stick insect, the only species in its genus. Its name comes from resemblance of the female, above, to an oversized leafhopper nymph.
Jungle Nymph female
Jungle Nymph female
Jungle Nymph female
It is native to tropical jungles of Malaysia. Females reach a length of some 20cm, the length of a man's hand, and are wide and bright green with small spikes. They are the heaviest stick insect and among the heaviest insects. Adult females have short vestigial wings and can't fly.
Jungle Nymph male
Jungle Nymph male
Jungle Nymph male
Adult males are about half the length of females, are mottled brown and a narrow, rounded shape far more like their stick insect relatives. Adult males also have full wing cases concealing large pink wings and can fly.
Jungle Nymph juvenile males Large juvenile male with a smaller juvenile on its back.
Jungle Nymph subadult male Subadult male.
Jungle Nymph female Female.
Juvenile males, above left, don't have wings. Subadult males, above centre, are also mottled brown and narrow and grow small wings.
Jungle Nymph male on back of female Male on the back of a female.
Jungle Nymph female They are nocturnal and eat leaves.
Jungle Nymph female Lifespan is 2 years.