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Wednesday, August 15, 2018
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Stick Insect

Stick Insect

by Leonard Rego

Picture this - you're sitting by yourself, minding your business, when all of a sudden, the twig you've been staring at begins to move. "A gust of wind", you find yourself thinking. And then it moves again, and this time there's no wind at all, not even a breeze!

How's that! A walking stick, quite literally! What you're looking at, my friend, is a cousin of the leaf insect, and you'll probably find it in your biology text book quirkily named a 'phasmid'.

If you're good at bio, you've probably already figured that this insect looks the way it does in order to camouflage itself. Real masters of disguise, it's a wonder they ever find each other, get married and live happily ever after. And the husbands never ever complain of their wives putting on weight! (By the way, female stick insects are a lot larger than the males, so the husbands never dare pass comments anyway). Stick Insect image courtesy www.terraristik.org

  1. Before you buy your Stick Insect
  2. Choosing your pet
  3. Care and feeding
  4. A name for your Stick Insect
  5. Stick Insect Trivia

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