Thanks are given to Lee Lai-Fan (Hong Kong) for her constant support during the author's phasmid
research; Liu Xing-Yue (China Agricultural University, Beijing, China), Joachim Bresseel (Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Brussels, Belgium) and Jerome Constant (Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Brussels, Belgium) for providing collecting information on corresponding specimens; Dr.
: Saving the Lord Howe Island Stick Insect has application across the curriculum in areas ranging from the study of invertebrates to the study of endangered species, captive breeding programs, the effects of introduced species and the complex issue of eradication of pests.
Paleontologists have found precious few phasmid
fossils, and they had never previously unearthed one of a leaf insect.
11-14 annules anterior to anus in the present species (vs.
The giant walking stick is one of the largest phasmid
species in North America and is found in the south central United States (Figure 1; Hebard 1943; Wilkings & Breland 1951).
hide by day, so the researchers scoured crags and ledges for eggs and any droppings large enough to have come from big insects.
Studying the Phasmatodea digestive system is important not only for potential use in systematics, but also in the evolution of their diet: Unlike other Polyneoptera, phasmids
are exclusively folivorous (Calderon-Cortes et al.
Chen and He (2008) described several new taxa of Necroscia and Aruanoidea Brenner von Wattenwyl, 1893 in their monograph of Chinese phasmid
. However, the latter one was a junior synonym to Necroscia (Hennemann 1998).
tiaratum and other capitulum-bearing phasmids
may serve to protect the phasmid
egg from consumption by granivorous birds, or at least offset the loss of fitness due to this predation.
Descriptive terminology of the phasmid
egg capsule, with an extended key to the phasmid
genera based on egg structure.
Further collecting trips to various localities in China, Thailand and Vietnam and even adjacent countries in the Indochinese area such as Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos may discover more taxa for this special phasmid
genus in the Oriental region.
Both have recently been included on the Phasmid
Study Group culture-list as culture No.