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Giant Jungle Nymph

Heteropteryx Dilatata


The giant jungle nymph, known as Heteropteryx dilatata, is a hefty stick insect species known for its considerable size, with females among the largest in the world, reaching lengths of up to 15 centimetres (6 inches) or more.

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Heteropteryx dilatata, commonly known as the Malaysian Jungle Nymph, is a hefty species of stick insect indigenous to Malaysia’s rainforests and other Southeast Asian regions, recognized for its substantial size and distinctive appearance. Female Malaysian Jungle Nymphs rank among the world’s most sizable stick insects, reaching lengths of 15 centimetres (6 inches) or more, with males considerably smaller, usually about half the size. Their colouration, typically green or brown, aids them in seamlessly blending into their woodland surroundings, and their elongated, cylindrical bodies mimic twigs or branches. Contrary to many other insects, Malaysian Jungle Nymphs enjoy relatively lengthy lifespans, with females living for about one to two years, while males generally survive for a few months. These insects are rather low-maintenance, primarily subsisting on a range of leafy greens, such as bramble, oak, rose, and guava leaves, which are readily available in many parts of the world, including the UK. Given their size, especially the females, these insects require ample enclosures that offer sufficient vertical room for comfortable climbing and mobility. An ideal habitat would be a terrarium or a well-ventilated cage, supplied continuously with fresh food, branches, twigs, and foliage for climbing and concealment. Being native to tropical rainforest climates, they necessitate particular temperature and humidity conditions, within 24-28°C (75-82°F), and humidity levels of approximately 70-80%, maintainable through regular enclosure misting and a moist substrate. Heteropteryx dilatata move slowly and can be delicately handled. However, if disturbed, they can pinch with their thorny legs.


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