A couple of posts back, I mentioned the two female Macleay’s spectres (giant spiny stick insects, Extatosoma tiaratum tiaratum) in my rose bush. They’re still there and I enjoy trying to find them every day. I don’t always succeed first time as they are incredibly well camouflaged. Something so large and obvious (once you see it) can hide really well.
I also mentioned that the males are much smaller and thinner than the females, and a couple of days ago was thrilled to discover one such male attached to one of the females. He’s still around, sometimes in the act of mating and sometimes on his own. Here are some shots.
My rose bush is rapidly losing its leaves – I’ve seen the stick insects munching madly at night – but who cares? It’s worth it to have these guests.