Eight pink-winged stick bugs now call the Honolulu Zoo home

Eight pink-winged stick bugs now call the Honolulu Zoo home

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Honolulu Zoo has welcomed some new critters home.

Eight pink-winged stick insects, more formally known as Sipyloidea Sipylus, are now living at the zoo’s Ectotherm Complex.

They’re rather harmless, according to the zoo. They don’t bite, sting or scratch, however they may get a little stinky as they release a distinct defensive odor when they’re handled.

Resembling sticks -- indicative of their name -- the insects grow between four and six inches long, and have been found throughout Hawaii since the 1990s. They’ve been spotted on Oahu, Maui, Kauai and Hawaii Island.

“These phasmids can fly and have been known to shed and regenerate appendages such as their legs,” the zoo said. “The females are parthenogenetic, producing offspring without mating with a male. Eggs are essentially clones of the female who laid them.”

They usually live between nine months to one year.

The insects were donated to the zoo by the University of Hawaii’s Department of Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences.

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