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What is a Phasmid?

A phasmid is an insect. Insects have six legs, three body parts (head, thorax and abdomen). On their head they have two compound eyes a pair of antennae and various  types of mouthparts (checwing, sucking, biting and some have no mouths at all).

Phasmids are generally known as stick or leaf insects. They are known for being long and thin, the longest is now known from China: Phryganistria chinensis Zhao,

measuring 62.4cm. Australia's longest phasmid is Ctenomorpha gargantua at 56.7cm

At the end of their abdomen phasmids have a paired appendage called cerci. With the last segment on the underside shaped like the keel of a boat which is the ovipositor, used for laying her eggs.