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Acanthoxyla geisovii (Kaup, 1866)

Prickly Stick-insect

Taxonomy: Phasmida>>Phasmatidae

Status: British Isles non-native species.

Description: Either green or brown. With numerous black spines over its body, the Prickly Stick-insect is unmistakable.

Size: About 90 mm.

Food: Herbivorous.

Habitat: Native to New Zealand. Recorded in the UK (predominantly Devon and Cornwall distribution).

Phenology: The species can breed parthenogenetically, that is, eggs develop without the need for fertilization by a male, indeed, males in this species are unknown, even in their native country.

Distribution: The records held by the National Biodiversity Network are shown in the map below.
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