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    Coconut Stick Insect

    These are a few from a series I took today of a willing model. I had innocently thought 'cute' to see mother carrying baby hence the shots until I later decided to do some research regarding this species. The female is green, and the male brown and smaller in size, it then twigged

    Considered as pests to be eradicated due to the damage they do to the palms which now answers my question as to what had been eating mine. They also emit a fluid which is supposedly aimed at the eye and dangerous to the sight.

    Shot with 50mm and 105mm macro handheld. Single SB-600 flash with diffuser on camera hence shadows.

    Coconut Stick Insect

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    Coconut Stick Insect

    Comments and suggestions as always welcome.

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    Re: Coconut Stick Insect

    Very cool series and well shot, Grahame.

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    Re: Coconut Stick Insect

    Interesting info, interesting images Grahame. Thanks for sharing.

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    Re: Coconut Stick Insect

    Good catch. I would never have seen them.

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    Re: Coconut Stick Insect

    Nice find Grahame,

    Apart from the antennae and mouth parts, even in the close up, the body, eye and legs still look so 'plant like'.

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    Re: Coconut Stick Insect

    Ken, John, Bobo and Dave

    Thank you for the comments guys.

    The female had a body length of around 120 mm (4 1/2") but with the colours of both they blend in with the green shade and shape of the palm fronds very well.

    I tried to find this one again last night, armed with the tripod, but no luck.

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