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. They gather together for camouflage by pretending to be hot ash from forest fires.
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.