Phobaeticus kirbyi. After molting, a giant stick...
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Image #cld10072741
SpeciesPhobaeticus kirbyi
LocalitySarawak, Malaysia
DescriptionAfter molting, a giant stick insect slowly consumes its old hollow skin. This not only restores lost nutrients (which are precious for completely foliovorous inscets) but may also help to conceal it from predators by erasing evidence of its presence among the foliage. 
Keywordsbaculolonga | borneo | camouflage | ecdysis | fauna | insect | molt | molting | mulu | phasmatidae | phasmida | shed | skin | stick | walking

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