A large, distinctly leaf-like insects whose color ranges from pale yellow to vibrant green. Leaf insects are herbivores whose diet consists of leaves. They are primarily nocturnal and will spend their days motionless among the leaves, nearly invisible.
  • Size

    Up to about 2.8 inches (7 cm) in length
  • Diet

    Diet consists of leaves
  • Range

    Occurs naturally in the Phillipines
  • Habitat

    Found primarily in tropical rainforests

Physical Characteristics

  • A large, distinctly leaf-like insect.
  • Color ranges from pale yellow to vibrant green. Males are smaller and slimmer-bodied than females.
  • Adult males have fully developed, functional wings. Adult females have wide, flat wings, but no second set of underwings; they cannot fly.
  • Up to about 2.8 inches (7 cm) in length.

Animal Fact

Adult leaf insect males have fully developed, functional wings. Adult females have wide, flat wings, but no second set of underwings; they cannot fly.

Diet / Feeding

  • Herbivores; diet consists of leaves.

Range / Habitat

  • Occurs naturally in the Philippines, though bred for home terrariums and hobbyists all over the world.
  • Found primarily in tropical rainforests.

Reproduction & Growth

  • Eggs are scattered and hatch in about four months.
  • Once the egg hatches, the nymph molts several times before reaching adulthood in under a year, usually 5-6 months.

Conservation Status

  • “Not Evaluated” on the IUCN Red List.

Additional Information

  • Primarily nocturnal. Most leaf insects will spend their days resting motionless among the leaves, nearly invisible.
  • Nymphs have been observed to be able to regenerate lost limbs with the next molt.

Sources

  • Keepinginsects.com
  • Insects, Peterson Field Guides
  • A Guide to Insects and Spiders, Audubon Society
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