An Interesting Creature

Last week while I was staining our deck I had company. This bug, which I have always called a walking stick, but may go by other names, hung out on our siding for a couple of hours in the morning.

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I caught a second photo of it as he/she wandered off.

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After downloading my photos I realized I really didn’t know much about these creatures, so I did a little research. This article on sciencing.com provided some interesting facts.

  • I was a bit surprised to learn that walking sticks are herbivores.
  • They are mostly nocturnal, feeding at night and hiding under leaves and such during the day, so seeing one like this is a little unusual.
  • I also read that there are over 3000 species of walking sticks. WOW!
  • Probably the most interesting was the fact that in some species female walking sticks can reproduce without the aid of a male. All of her offspring will, however, be female.

For more information click here.

Have you ever seen a walking stick?

 

 

24 thoughts on “An Interesting Creature

    1. I find the comments on this post to be quite educational. My husband was surprised at how many people have never seen a stick bug. I am more surprised at how many have had them as pets.
      Are there certain leaves they like eating or will any green leaves do?

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  1. Those were some interesting facts Ruth – I always tell you I learn something here at your blog. I’ve never seen a walking stick before but now I feel like I know them up close and personal.

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    1. Well I am glad you got to see mine. They are very odd looking. After reading that they are mostly nocturnal and how they camouflage themselves I wondered how many people have actually seen them. I usually see one on our deck at least once each summer.

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