, Volume 40, Issue 8, pp 888–889

Oviposition behavior in the Australian stick insectExtatosoma tiaratum

  • U. Carlberg
Short Communications

DOI: 10.1007/BF01952011

Cite this article as:
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.

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© Birkhäuser Verlag 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • U. Carlberg
    • 1
  1. 1.Nacka(Sweden)

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