Brigitte, who lives not far from me, saw my previous post on MacLeay’s spectre stick insects and sent me this photo, taken in 2005.
It’s a goliath stick insect, Eurycnema goliath, on a red kamala tree, Mallotus philippensis. It’s ‘startle’ display (according to Brock and Hasenpush’s The Complete Guide to Stick and Leaf Insects of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, 2009):
exposes the bright red underside of its fore and hind wings. It spreads out its hind legs and can strike repeatedly. This action also displays two false eyes at the base of its hind legs.
They’re popping up all over the place! Does this mean we’re surrounded? I certainly hope so. 🙂