Oviposition behavior in the Australian stick insectExtatosoma tiaratum
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- Carlberg, U. Experientia (1984) 40: 888. doi:10.1007/BF01952011
The Australian stick insectExtatosoma tiaratum (MacLeay) (Insecta: Phasmida) oviposits by throwing the eggs to a distance of circa 0.80–2.00 m by a strong flick with the abdomen. The initial speed is circa 2.7 m/sec. The rather immobile female just drops her feces, and as these may act as olfactory attractants to predators, the eggs that are flicked away will be safe, lying in a ring around the central deposit of feces.