The Australian leaf insect is among the most amazingly camouflaged of animals. They also have a remarkable ability to switch between sexual and asexual reproduction. However, practically nothing is known about the reproduction or behaviour of this unique animal.  


This project will investigate the reproductive and foraging behaviour of the Australian leaf insect, Phyllium monteithi for the first time.

Student Benefits 

You’ll investigate an amazing but previously unstudied member of the Australian fauna. Through this project, you’ll learn how to:

  • Design and carry out experiments
  • Carry out sophisticated statistical analysis
  • Write an influential scientific paper

Honours students in the Bonduriansky lab often publish their work in prestigious journals, such as:

  • The American Naturalist
  • Functional Ecology
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Scientific Reports