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A popular pet???

A popular pet???
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Copyright: Gerhard Theron (gerhardt) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM, Digital ISO 100, Kenko Extension tube (36mm)
Exposure: f/22, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-12-08 6:36
Viewed: 5595
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Spiny Stick Insect
Extatosoma tiaratum

Also known as: Australians or the Giant Prickly or Macleay's Spectre.

The species is highly variable in colouring, being oberved as brownish, dun, reddish, greenish.

The female is heavy-bodied, brachypterous and has numerous spines and integumental expansions on the body and legs, including a tuft of spines on the conical occiput of the hypognathous head.

Body leaf-like and spined, in males slender and elongate, in females dilated and depressed; back of the head conically elevated and spined; males alate, females micropterous; legs triangular in cross-section; carinae of femora and tibiae, especially in females, partially with strong laminate-dilatations and

The male has large mottled wings, a smaller tuft of head spines, and 3 occelli. Males fly readily when disturbed or when in search of females.

The insect often hangs inverted amongst foliage, with its highly procryptic abdomen curled over its back.

This species is a very common laboratory, school and pet species. This Australian species is so easily reared, it is a popular pet as far afield as Britain and Europe.

It is not known if this species is endangered in the wild, as there is insufficient sighting history, but there are a very large amount in captivity.

I found this critter in Butterfly World (controlled environment) during my vacation and found it a very interesting insect. I don't know of any people in SA who keep them as pets. Hope you like it

PDP, scottevers7, Nico, petrudamsa, dew77, moemf, liquidsunshine, extramundi, wallhalla15, cedryk, red45, manyee, ddg, Luc has marked this note useful
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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-12-08 7:09]

Hi Gerhard, I think you did a great job spotting it. Not easy to find I imagine even in a controlled environment. Lovely details and colours. I used to keep stick insects as pets but none as fancy as this. Great shot.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-12-08 7:18]

Hello Gerhard!
Wonderful capture.When I saw the tumbnail,I thught that it was an artistic shot of a dried autmn leaf;).I liked lighting,POV,framing,details and composition a lot.

Hi Gerhard,
This is an amazing macro shot! What a unique and interesting subject. Talk about blending into your surroundings. The colors and detail look great. Excellent post!

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  • Nico Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
  • [2005-12-08 7:35]

Goeie foto, lelike gogga.
Well spotted and well photographed, good detail.

Looks awesome! A good model for SF and alliens movies producers.

Lovely shot

Regards, Petru

I had these as pets in Canada. I had a lab professor who was selling them to students. I am a teacher so I bought one and kept it and its descendants for 3 generatations. Fantastic creatures. Would love to have one again!

Hi Gerhard,
wow, what an interesting animal, you have very good eyes to find it, congratulations.
I've never seen such a one on TN, Premiere!
That's what I like this site for, learning and seeing so many new things you've never seen before, thanks, excellent.
Sabine - wishnugaruda

bonsoir gerhard
il fallait avoir l'oeil pour voir ce phasme mit en valeur a merveille,bravo.

They really looks amazing.
Photo is very good technically, nicely exposed and framed.
I like it very much!

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  • moemf Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 0 N: 160] (703)
  • [2005-12-08 14:12]

Great shot, Gerhard. Not the type of pet I'd keep. Way too creepy. :) TFS


Great note!

Hi Gerhard,
Excellent capture, Good sharp detail and colours. Great POV.
Nicely composed and good exposure. I did keep stick insects when I was young, we used to buy and sell them at school!!
Thanks for posting. Enjoy the rest of the week.

Excellent descriptive picture. Perfect composition and details.
I have seen some similar ones from indonesia sold as legal pets is local shops. I think they must get advantage on "incomplete laws" to do such a thing.
Regards, Felipe.

Great macro Gerhard. Colorfull with very good sharpness and very good details. Very good job. WEll done. Thanks for sharing.

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2005-12-08 16:41]

Hello Gerhard,
Very nice shot. The flash light gave some sharp contrasts but in fact they helped to expose the amazing shapes of that insect.
Best greetings,

Fantastic Phasmid! This is a cool shot and clearly shows the protruding spines on this cool stick bug. Nice Macro shot. :)

Points & Smiley tomorrow.

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2005-12-08 19:05]

Hi Gerhard,
Very interesting species and great note,
excellent lighting and details.
Well done and have a nice weekend!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-12-09 3:13]

One of most 'beautifull' pets Gerhard ;-))) Very weird creature, I like its shapes. Good POV, interesting note and pose. It looks like some kind of kung-fu master ;-)

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-12-09 3:32]

What an amazing creature, Gerhard. Very impressive looks. I don't think I have seen one quite like that before. Great shot. Thanks for sharing this very unusual insect with us. : )

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-12-09 5:55]

Well caught Gerhard, this an excellent shot with this strange animal!! What a mimesis!! Sharpness and colors are perfect.Is it the phasme family (Phasmotera order)? Congratulations Didier.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-12-09 23:27]

A splendid sculptural macro image!
Maybe a wood toy for children... a Transformer!
Great work. Excellent PoV and sharpness.
Good use of the flash.
TSF my friend Gerhard.

almost like a scorpion, TFS Ori

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