Live collection Photo: Insectarium de Montréal, Laurent Desaulniers Photo: Insectarium de Montréal, Laurent Desaulniers Groupe tabDescriptionThese stick insects have velvety matte black bodies, with yellow eyes, red mouthparts and antennae marked with white. Their vestigial wings are red. The females measure 5 to 7 cm and are much sturdier than the males, which are 4 to 5 cm long. Country of originPeru French name Phasme péruvien de Schulte Scientific name Peruphasma schultei English name Golden eyed stick Insect Class Insecta Order Phasmatodea Family Pseudophasmatidae Living environmentDietIn the wild, they feed only on pepper trees of the genus Schinus. HabitatThey live at high altitudes (1,200 to 1,800 m) on low-growing plants and shrubs. Geographic distributionThis species is found only in a small 5-hectare nature reserve in northern Peru. Ecological roleThey are phytophagous (plant-eating) insects that help maintain the balance of nature in their habitat. Special behaviourWhen they feel threatened, they flutter their bright red vestigial wings. They can also secrete a strong-smelling irritating liquid when they are handled. Like many other stick insects, they avoid light. They are active at dusk and at night. Interesting factsStatusTheir known distribution is extremely limited. Interesting facts and curiositiesThe first specimens were discovered in 2002 by Rainer Schulte, a German biologist working in Peru. The species was named in his honour. At the InsectariumIn captivity they are fed privet.