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Any of numerous chiefly tropical, often wingless insects of the order Phasmida (or Phasmatodea), having elongated bodies that resembles twigs or leaves, and including the walking sticks and the leaf insects.

[From New Latin Phasmida, order name, from Phasma, type genus, from Greek phasma, apparition, from phainein, to show; see phase.]


(Animals) any plant-eating insect of the mainly tropical order Phasmida: includes the leaf insects and stick insects
(Animals) of, relating to, or belonging to the order Phasmida
[C19: from New Latin Phasmida, from Greek phasma spectre]


(ˈfæz mɪd)

any insect of the order Phasmida, characterized by long slender legs and antennae and a wingless, twiglike body: includes walking sticks and leaf insects.
[1870–75; < New Latin Phasmida=Phasm(a) the type genus (< Greek phásma apparition, so named from their extremely close resemblance to surrounding plants) + -ida -id2]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.phasmid - large cylindrical or flattened mostly tropical insects with long strong legs that feed on plants; walking sticks and leaf insects
insect - small air-breathing arthropod
order Phasmatodea, order Phasmida, Phasmatodea, Phasmida - in some classifications considered a suborder of Orthoptera: stick insects; leaf insects
stick insect, walkingstick, walking stick - any of various mostly tropical insects having long twiglike bodies
leaf insect, walking leaf - tropical insect having a flattened leaflike body; common in southern Asia and the East Indies
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It describes the life cycle of the Lord Howe Island Phasmid (or Stick Insect).
Many phasmid species have shown variation with respect to their ploidy (Pijnacker 1967; 1969; Marescalchi and Scali 1990; Giorgi 1992; Sandoval et al.
Distinct phasmid in lateral field, located between vulva and anus, at middle between vulva and anus to about 20 [micro]m before anus.
This might suggest that -20% of individuals in a phasmid population experience complications with molting at some point during their lifetime, and predation attempts double that base rate of autotomy.
Paleontologists have found precious few phasmid fossils, and they had never previously unearthed one of a leaf insect.
Of the intestinal nematodes, only Trichuris trichiura does not possess the phasmid.
The constrictions imposed by this anatomy on phasmid gut microbiology, its connections to recently released Phasmatodea transcriptomes, and how it differs from the anatomy of related orders in the Polyneoptera are discussed.
The giant walking stick is one of the largest phasmid species in North America and is found in the south central United States (Figure 1; Hebard 1943; Wilkings & Breland 1951).
Most insects big enough to be a good snack for predators can fly away, but this phasmid had evolved on islands without such predators.