Thorny Devil Stick Insect
We were out for a nighttime hike exploring the grounds of our lodge located in the Arfak Mountains on the Bird’s Head Peninsula of New Guinea. The forest was positively alive with shrills, calls, chirps, and screams. The sound was almost deafening! As we climbed up a ridge we saw Bintuni Bay glistening in the back ground. We stopped and just listened, soaking up the sounds. As we shared a drink, we heard a loud rustling in the leaves below us. As we directed our lights down towards our feet we saw this humungous, spiky, Devil-shaped bug climbing up one members pant leg! One of us screamed as the others laughed hysterically, and you can guess which one was the screamer! The emptmologist with us calmly picked up the nasty looking bug and held it up for us to investigate. It was Eurycantha calcarata, commonly known as the Thorny Devil Stick Insect. They are quite gentle and will become quite tame with frequent handling. These herbivores make fantastic pets and will not hurt you! We promise! These oddballs of nature eat Bramble, Berry vines, English Ivy, Oak, and lots of other different Kinds of leaves. We offer these incredible creatures in Ova, Nymph, Adult, and mounted dried specimens when available. Please inquire.