General Description

Body green with a yellow upper abdomen. Forewings are short and green; hindwings are larger, transparent and have a purple patch near the base. Body up to 15 cm long.


Children's Stick Insects feed on eucalypt leaves. When disturbed, they rock their body while lifting and striking the hindlegs together, and beating their wings to display the coloured patches. This reaction also makes the surrounding vegetation vibrate.


Eastern mainland Australia.


Eucalypt forests, coastal and inland.

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