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This truly amazing looking insect is an adult male of a Madagascan stick insect species known as Achrioptera fallax.

Achrioptera fallax
Achrioptera fallax
Achrioptera fallax
Achrioptera fallax
Achrioptera fallax
Achrioptera fallax

The very first time I ever saw this species I found it hard to believe it wasn't made of plastic!  The colours are just incredible, the electric blue combined with the bright orange leg spines is amazing enough but they also have deep crimson red wings hiding underneath their yellow/brown coloured forewings as you can see below!

Achrioptera fallax
Achrioptera fallax

Remarkably, despite their amazing adult colouration, they look incredibly dull as nymphs as you can see here!

Achrioptera fallax

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