Mistaken identity

It was a case of mistaken identity for a group of Macleays spectre stick insects when they translocated to DZG from Edinburgh Zoo.

dzg_macleays_spectre4

Presenters named the nine females all Sheila – the species  originates from Australia – and were delighted with their progress.

However, eagle-eyed Presenter, Caroline Howard, suddenly realised one Sheila is actually a male, and promptly renamed him Bruce – that’s him in all his glory pictured below and bottom.

dzg_macleays_spectre4

Caroline explained: “Macleays spectre stick insects show dimorphism, which means they are clearly different; females are long with thick bodies and can’t fly, while males are smaller, thinner and have really long wings and are most accomplished fliers.”

dzg_macleays_spectre4

She added: “Despite the surprise all nine are quite happy living together in the Discovery Centre, and Bruce is a very lucky stick insect to have eight Sheilas all to himself.”