Goliath Stick Insect Facts
- The truly remarkable Goliath Stick Insect bears an appropriate name. It ranks as the second largest stick insect in its entire region.
- In fact, this surprisingly lovely invertebrate holds a place as one of the largest known insects of its type in the entire world.
- Regrettably, however, this fascinating creature also inhabits a rather restricted range of natural habitation.
- Yet despite its minimal habitat range, its population appears to be relatively stable, For that reason, the IUCN currently lists it as a species of Least Concern.
Goliath Stick Insect Physical Description
The Goliath Stick Insect truly represents a rather remarkable physical specimen. Also, like many arthropods, the species displays a moderate degree of sexual dimorphism.
Females remain the larger of the genders, reaching a maximum length of as much as 9.8 in (25 cm). Males, on the other hand, stay somewhat shorter.
In color, both genders appear the same. Green remains the primary color, which combinations of purple, blue, gold, yellow, and red appear on the underside of the large wings.
Although both sexes possess wings, typically only the male has the ability to fly. His body grows slimmer and lighter than that of the larger female.
Species: E. goliath
Goliath Stick Insect Distribution, Habitat, and Ecology
The astonishing Goliath Stick Insect also remains endemic to only a relatively small portion of the continent of Australia.
This includes only the region along the coast, around Queensland, as well as somewhat further north, around Cairns.
It primarily inhabits areas of either forest or shrubland, due to the natural camouflage this type of habitat provides, given its natural coloring.
The creature also appears to be particularly fond of residing in or near eucalyptus trees and some flowers, such as acacias.
Its camouflage even extends to its eggs. These have the general appearance of small seeds, often prompting ants to take them into their nests.