Black Beauty/Golden-eyed Stick Insect Peruphasma schultei

Black Beauty or Golden-eyed Stick Insect
Black Beauty or Golden-eyed Stick Insect
Black Beauty or Golden-eyed Stick Insect
This stick insect, native to only some 5 hectares of northern Peru and discovered only in 2005, goes by the common names of both the Black Beauty and the Golden-eyed Stick Insect. It is also sometimes called the Black Velvet.
Black Beauty or Golden-eyed Stick Insect
Black Beauty or Golden-eyed Stick Insect
Black Beauty or Golden-eyed Stick Insect
The female is larger than the male, growing to some 6-7cm long. The pair stays together for life. They have pale yellow eyes, red mouthparts and vestigial wings, too small for flight, with a grey mesh on black top wing and bright red underwing for startling predators.
Black Beauty or Golden-eyed Stick Insect
Black Beauty or Golden-eyed Stick Insect
Black Beauty or Golden-eyed Stick Insect
Like some other stick insects, they can spray a chemical in defense which can damage eyes and irritate skin and the respiratory tract. Their diet is schinus leaves. They live for only 1-2 years.