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