This is our first ever Anchiale stolli stick insect. A gift from a friend in the Exotics business and genuinely one of the most fascinating phasmids I've ever kept. At an impressive 20cms in length, she was already fully grown. As you can probably tell by the wonderful light levels in this photo, these were taken back in October 2014! A far cry from our current wintery climate.
Although hard to see clearly in these pictures, she has a band of distinctive texture on her thorax resembling Elder wood. We also had the chance to see her incredible black and red wings.
Sadly this special little lady passed away earlier in the week, though leaving us with a legacy of many eggs. These could take several months to hatch. We remain hopeful!