The Jungle Nymph (Heteropteryx dilatata) is an insect in the Heteropterygidae family of stick insects.
The Jungle Nymph female is bright green and the male is mottled brown. It has a leaf-shaped body and six legs. It has a pair of long antennae. The male has large pink wings and can fly. Females have short pink wings, but cannot fly.
It measures up to 12-25 centimetres (5-10 inches) in length. The female is much larger than the male.
The Jungle Nymph is native to Malaysia. It likes tropical forests.
It eats the leaves of plants.
The female Jungle Nymph has an ovipositor, which is a tube that she uses to lay eggs. She lays her eggs in soil at the base of a tree. The eggs take almost a year to hatch.
Location of photographs: Paris Zoo, France
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM