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BLACK BEAUTY STICK INSECT
 
 
BLACK BEAUTY STICK INSECT

BLACK BEAUTY STICK INSECT

(Peruphasma schultei)

Description

Black beauty stick insects are predominantly black in colour with a velvety appearance. They have yellow eyes and can occasionally also have yellow mouthparts. Their hind wings, which are usually folded away are bright red. If startled, they will flash these red wings at a predator in order to confuse it, giving them a chance to escape.

Habitat & Distribution

This insect exists only in the Cordillera del Condor region of Peru in South America.

Diet

Black beauty stick insects will eat leaves from the Schinus genus of pepper trees in the wild. Captive individuals will eat the leaves of plants such as privet and honeysuckle.

Conservation Status

Not evaluated.