Monday Madness: Peppermint Stick Insect

This is Megacrania batesii, aka the peppermint stick insect!
Peppermint Stick

Found only in Queensland, Australia and a few Pacific Ocean islands, these peppermint stick insects live on these screwpine leaves.  The peppermint part of their name comes from their ability to secrete a milky, peppermint smelling substance when bothered.  I found these rascals on a coastal trek along Cape Tribulation, Queensland, Australia.

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2 Responses to Monday Madness: Peppermint Stick Insect

  1. sashacox says:

    Whew! When I started reading this post, I thought there was going to be something about you EATING this insect.

    • Dawn says:

      I’m sure it’s possible to find them in the Thai food markets, but I’ll pass! Someone tried convincing me that they’re not meat and therefore vegetarian friendly. Still a big fat NO.

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