Lichen on the wall?

I found this tiny Phasmid (about 7 cm in length) hanging onto the wall of our house late yesterday afternoon.    Extatosoma tiaratum is known to sometimes mimic lichen as a camouflage at an early instar, however as our house wall is not covered in lichen it looked very exposed and vulnerable.

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Very young Macleay’s Spectre

With the light rapidly fading we had trouble getting a satisfactory photo.  A second attempt after dark with a torch as well as the camera flash has yielded better results.  I haven’t adjusted the colour at all – it really does look quite green.

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Very young Macleay’s Spectre showing its tail curving back towards its head

After the photo session we moved it onto a plant so it had a better chance of avoiding attack by predator.  This morning it was back on the underside of the eaves;  although the plant may have looked an okay place to us, it apparently wasn’t considered suitable by the Phasmid.

2 responses to “Lichen on the wall?

  1. You can take a Phasmida to plants but……

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