One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large slow-moving tropical insect related to the stick insects, with a flattened body that resembles a leaf in shape and colour.
Family Phylliidae, order Phasmida: Phyllium and other genera
- ‘Leaf insects, so-called because they resemble broad leaves, are grouped in the same order as stick insects, Phasmida, however only about 30 species of the total 3000 are leaf insects.’
- ‘Part of the challenge - and intrigue - in researching leaf insects is their rarity.’
- ‘The eggs of the leaf insect are normally just scattered on the ground and will hatch in the spring.’
- ‘The eggs of the spiny leaf insect are oval in shape and can be distinguished easily from the insect's droppings.’
- ‘In Australia, stick insects are found in most places, but leaf insects are only found in north Queensland.’
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