Stick insects mating

Stick insects mating

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Caption: Mating stick insects. Male (smaller) and female stick insects (Achrioptera punctipes) mating. This stick insect lives in the rainforests of Madagascar. At a length of 24 centimetres, the female is twice the size of the male. The male is brightly coloured, but the female is drab and resembles a twig. Although some female stick insects reproduce asexually by parthenogenesis, A. punctipes reproduces sexually and must mate before producing eggs.

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