TAGESOIDEA NIGROFASCIATA – DOME
Cameron Highlands, Malaysia
This Tagesoidea nigrofasciata, also called the Yellow Umbrella Stick Insect, can be found in the forests of Malaysia. This specimen is a male, which is easily recognizable by its size and white and black wings, while the females are much larger and have yellow and black wings. Stick insects have 2 levels of defense against predators: camouflage to prevent an attack, in the form of plant mimicry, but also through the display of bright colors using its wings, for when the attack has been initiated, in order to startle the encroaching predator.
All stick insects are phytophagous, meaning that they eat leaves. By feeding, they lower the growth of early successional plants by consuming them, and through defecation, augment nutrients in the soil available to later successional plants. By ensuring that earlier plants cannot swiftly immobilize soil nutrients in light gaps, new substantial growth and forest recycling is sustained.
Wingspan: 6.5 to 7.5cm
Frame: 19cm tall x 14cm in diameter (wood base)
Please be aware: The specimen that you will receive may differ in size, shape or colour very slightly since you are purchasing a natural product.