Thorny Devil Stick Insect Eurycantha calcarata

Thorny Devil or Giant Spiny New Guinea Stick Insect
Thorny Devil or New Guinea Stick Insect
Thorny Devil or New Guinea Stick Insect
The Thorny Devil Stick Insect is also called the Giant Spiny (as is Macleay's Stick Insect) and the New Guinea Stick Insect. It is native to New Guinea, New Caledonia and the Solomon Islands. Both male and female range from light to dark brown and greeny-brown, camouflaged in the rotten wood, bark and leaf litter of their rainforest habitat. The female is larger, reaching 14cm, and males are narrower, reaching 10cm long; both are spiny but wingless. The female has a pointed ovipositor at the end of the abdomen to lay eggs in soil while the male has a rounded tail end.
Thorny Devil or New Guinea Stick Insect
Thorny Devil or New Guinea Stick Insect
Thorny Devil or New Guinea Stick Insect
They are nocturnal and group together in the day to hide in tree hollows and under bark.