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Female stick insects do not need to have sex with males in order to produce offspring, and their sexual activities largely depend on the presence of males within their habitat. If there are no men, females will lay eggs and hatch nymphs that are all female, and all exact replicas of their mother, without the act of mating. This form of reproduction is called parthenogenesis.
up to 25cm long
The stick insect usually inhabits woodlands and tropical forests, where it hides on trees in plain sight. In Australia, they usually live in gum trees but are sometimes found in gardens on rose bushes or fruit trees.
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