Ctenomorpha chronus (Gray, 1833)

Adult female
(Lea, 1902)

Common Name:

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Length: 176mm. Coloring: Note any distinguishing features.

male volant and mesopterous, female brachypterous

The wings of this insect are small and black, more or less obscurely spotted with white; the costal area is green, irregularly marked with black, but with the base of a lighter colour, and the black markings more distinct; the head, prothorax and legs are light pinkish brown, the latter very much dentated; the mesothorax, tegmina, abdomen and leaflets, are blackish green; the former has small black tubercles; the abdomen is spotted with black at the tip of each segment, which is also somewhat dilated, while the leaflets are rather long and dentated. (from Gray, 1833)

seems to resemble eucalypt twigs or stems. Males are slender and fully winged. The females are much larger and have very short tegmina and very dark brown or blackish hind wings and very long cerci.

Campbell & Hadlington, 1967
Note parental placement of eggs. Note appearance of eggs. Note any common variations.


Note if the species arborial or terrestrial. Canopy, mid, under, etc.

Note typical vegetation, e.g. tropical rainforest, temperate rainforest, grasslands, alpine, etc.

Similar Species:

Ctenomorphodes tessulata is physically very similar, the best differentiator is the shape of the eggs.

Rearing Notes:

Note if this species has ever been reared. Note any suggestions for successful rearing.

For a stick insect with body length 176mm, to keep 2 adult females, you need a cage at least 800mm high, 350mm deep and 350mm wide.


quite common in heath and woodland habitats from central New South Wales south to Victoria.

NE coastal, SE coastal, S Gulfs, QLD, NSW, VIC, SA




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