Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Phasmatodea (stick insects, phasmids, ghost insects and leaf insects)
Superfamily: Phyllioidea
Family: Phylliidae (true leaf insects or walking leaves)

Genus/species: Phyllium giaganteum

GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS: Use camouflage to mimic leaves and even waver when they walk like leaves blowing in the wind.

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DISTRIBUTION/HABITAT: Southeast Asia to Australia

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DIET IN THE WILD: Plant leaves including Oak and bramble

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REPRODUCTION: Males are hard to find so females are able to reproduce by laying unfertilized eggs that grow into more females.


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