This Rare Stick Insect Is Among the Last of Its Kind

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  • Published on:  2/11/2018
  • This is the black beauty stick insect, a rare species only found in a tiny 12-acre area high in the mountains of northern Peru. Only discovered in 2005, not much is known about these insects, but they are believed to be most active at night when their deep black coloration keeps them hidden from predators. They are also armed with a gland at the rear of their heads which, when threatened, can spray a corrosive, strong-smelling substance. Because their natural habitat is so small, their survival is precarious—thankfully, captive breeding efforts may bring these insects back from the brink.

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  • rhianna Hilger
    rhianna Hilger 2 days ago

    i killed one of those... oops!

  • My name Doesn't matter

    I own 8 of these, and I'm in love with them. They are so curious and adventurous, and they are very nice pets. Easy to sustain, and they can take quite a lot in term of temperatures. I received one of them (I got them from someone who also breeds them in captivity at a larger skill) and he missed two legs, but after 3 sheddings, they are almost completely regrown which I found very interesting. He went from two legs missing, to two little dangling feet on his side, to longer legs that he can finally use. I'm so glad he recovered :D I really recommend these as pets.

  • ZNgoldenvision 1
    ZNgoldenvision 1 18 days ago

    Look like it’s waiting to transform with bigger wings and fly off if it does do a update I really wanna see

  • Locust2003
    Locust2003 1 months ago

    Reminds me of a full grown female blistered pygromorph

  • G H O S T V I D E O
    G H O S T V I D E O 1 months ago

    I have these as pets

  • OrangeBurrito
    OrangeBurrito 3 months ago

    Nightmare fuel

  • Tan Siong Loong
    Tan Siong Loong 3 months ago

    no wonder its the last of its kind,who would not want to kill it when u see that

  • Dylan Geltzeiler
    Dylan Geltzeiler 4 months ago

    I hate hearing the word like "The last of it's kind".

  • Rbixx Red
    Rbixx Red 4 months ago

    When a scorpion and grasshopper have babies...

  • imam suryadi
    imam suryadi 4 months ago

    I see kamen raider in real world

  • SnowXy
    SnowXy 4 months ago+1

    Looks like a female jungle nymph

  • Harley Davis
    Harley Davis 4 months ago

    Oh shit I think I killed one of these things not sure how it got here but it looks vary simaliar to these 2 bugs I killed late into last summer

  • Sharomu17
    Sharomu17 4 months ago

    ready your masterballs everyone.

  • اللاعب العربي

    إن هذه الحشرة مزيج من : (عنكبوت ، صرصور ، جرادة ، عقرب ) في نفس الوقت !

  • Lord Bolton
    Lord Bolton 4 months ago+1

    So many anti-nature comments in here. We need a new black plague NOW.

  • Ice Age
    Ice Age 4 months ago

    Perivians lied to you.

  • Xtraior 37
    Xtraior 37 4 months ago

    That looks like an alien with those eyes man

  • Romantic Outlaw
    Romantic Outlaw 4 months ago

    have you considered: kill it with fire

  • Airil Zainal
    Airil Zainal 4 months ago

    It look creepy

  • Ilove India
    Ilove India 4 months ago

    doesn't it kinda look like a pokemon?