7 Jun 2024

Critter of the Week

From Afternoons, 3:35 pm on 7 June 2024

This week’s critter is the rō, also known as the smooth stick insect, whē or Clitarchus hookeri – our most common native stick insect.


Smooth stick insects have a range of superpowers: as well as actually looking like sticks, the females can reproduce without males. Their offspring will also be female and will also be able to reproduce solo.


Smooth stick insect

Smooth stick insect Photo: supplied via Forest and Bird