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Stick insect (Phasmida)Tropidoderus childrenii

Children's stick-insect at Tura Beach, NSW

Tropidoderus childrenii at Tura Beach, NSW - 13 Nov 2018

Identification history

Stick insect (Phasmida) Tropidoderus childrenii 23 Nov 2018 KerriLee
Stick insect (Phasmida) Tropidoderus childrenii 21 Nov 2018 cbartlet
Stick insect (Phasmida) PHASMIDA (order) 21 Nov 2018 cbartlet

Author's notes

On trailer by house gone few hours later


cbartlet wrote:
   21 Nov 2018
Ìt looked like it had 4 legs but maybe there were two at the front that looked like feelers almost fused.
KerriLee wrote:
   23 Nov 2018
nice insect! it certainly appears to be the species you suggested ... Tropidoderus childrenii. It is one of only a couple of green stick insects in this region, and the broadened femur (upper leg) on the middle and back pairs of legs fits the description of that species. Can you estimate the overall size? It looks quite large!
cbartlet wrote:
   23 Nov 2018
9 cm from top head to rear end as in the photo it extends for about the length of the handle on trailer flap to the bend. Not counting when it's front legs were extending forwards. So quite large cf ordinary stick insects.
KerriLee wrote:
   26 Nov 2018
that size fits for Tropidoderus childrenii ... the adult size for males is about 110-120mm and for females 105-140mm. Yours may have been a sub-adult (nymphal) female.

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Location information

Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 1 Abundance
  • 13 Nov 2018 8:07 AM Recorded on
  • cbartlet Recorded by
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