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Phyllium Giganteum - Giant Walking Leaf I got many more angles and closeups to share later, but here&#039;s a first body shot of a specimen of Phyllium Giganteum. <br />
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The leafs are from our garden, not neccesarily the ones it is found on in the wild. Needless to say, the camouflage of this insect is extremely convincing, even more so if you consider it would typically be found in dense forests. <br />
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Ironically, it feeds on leafs itself, and may sometimes get a bite out of itself by unsuspecting other leaf feeders. When it is under attack, intentionally or not, it generally plays dead. It doesn&#039;t have the speed to escape and stays within character until the very end.<br />
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Having worked with this specimen for a day, I just can&#039;t get over how flat it is. Phyllium giganteum Click/tap to enlarge PromotedCountry intro

Phyllium Giganteum - Giant Walking Leaf

I got many more angles and closeups to share later, but here's a first body shot of a specimen of Phyllium Giganteum.

The leafs are from our garden, not neccesarily the ones it is found on in the wild. Needless to say, the camouflage of this insect is extremely convincing, even more so if you consider it would typically be found in dense forests.

Ironically, it feeds on leafs itself, and may sometimes get a bite out of itself by unsuspecting other leaf feeders. When it is under attack, intentionally or not, it generally plays dead. It doesn't have the speed to escape and stays within character until the very end.

Having worked with this specimen for a day, I just can't get over how flat it is.

    comments (17)

  1. Nice! I have one of these too and agree that they are so incredibly flat! Posted 7 months ago
    1. Cool! How do you do long term storage? In a fridge? Posted 7 months ago
      1. For long-term storage, I use these hinged, black boxes that I have had since grad school. I think they came from Ward's Science, but aren't made anymore. I taped them shut and rarely opened them. Ideally, you should keep them climate controlled, but I definitely have not. The boxes looked similar to this:
        https://compleatnaturalist.com/product/insect-collection-storage-box/

        Schmitt boxes are also good. They are made of wood. Cornell drawers are popular, but they have a glass top, so if you use those, you have to be careful to keep the drawers in indirect light. Riker boxes are a good, inexpensive way to display insects, but you have to make sure the box is deep enough so your specimen doesn't get squished.

        I started my insect collection about 20 years ago and it is still nearly intact, except for a couple insects that I lost to pests. But, I have friends who used the same boxes that I did and had their collections decimated. Not sure why I got lucky.
        Posted 7 months ago
  2. AMAZING! Posted 7 months ago
    1. They are! Will share more later in the week. Posted 7 months ago
  3. wow, this is an amazing creature!
    Posted 7 months ago
    1. Can't agree more, they defy belief. Posted 7 months ago
  4. The mimicry of drying-up leaf edges is mind-blowing ! Posted 7 months ago
    1. I've even read that in some individuals, the legs are asymmetrical in shape to make it even more convincing! Posted 7 months ago
      1. Now, that's really something. Thanks for the information. Posted 7 months ago
  5. Today's Facebook post:

    The giant Malaysian leaf insect (Phyllium giganteum) is a seriously cool creature! It’s the largest known species of leaf insect and is native to Asian rainforests. They spend most of their lives munching on the leaves that they mimic.

    Their camouflage is astonishing and so convincing. They look more like leaves than insects! Their cryptic bodies are flattened like leaves and have tattered bits, spots, and edges that appear worn from age. They even sway in the breeze along with the surrounding foliage! {Photo credit: Ferdy Christant} #JungleDragon #Phylliumgiganteum #GiantMalaysianLeafInsect #Leafinsect

    https://www.facebook.com/jungledragonwildlife
    Posted 7 months ago
    1. Thank you for this post :) Posted 7 months ago
      1. You're welcome :) Posted 7 months ago
  6. I've never seen mimicry done so well in the animal kingdom before...also makes for a great photo. Posted 7 months ago
    1. Thanks, Wesley. Some of us are tracking examples of mimicry and camouflage so hopefully you enjoy these "competitors":


      Posted 7 months ago, modified 7 months ago
  7. Ferdy, this species was previously placed under sub-genus Phyllium (Pulchriphyllium) giganteum but earlier this year, the sub-genus Pulchriphyllium was elevated to genus, thus this species is now known as Pulchriphyllium giganteum. Please update it accordingly, thanks. Posted 16 days ago, modified 16 days ago
    1. Done! Posted 15 days ago

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Pulchriphyllium giganteum is a giant walking leaf from the Family Phyllidae.

Similar species: Stick And Leaf Insects
Species identified by Ferdy Christant
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By Ferdy Christant

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Uploaded Mar 8, 2021. Captured Mar 7, 2021 20:59.
  • NIKON D850
  • f/5.6
  • 1/60s
  • ISO100
  • 50mm