Walking Stick

 

My Home:  I am usually found on bushes

or in small trees. I look like a twig and part

of the plant I am on so I can hide from birds

and other predators. My specialty

is camouflage.

 

What I eat: I only eat leaves and stems

of plants and usually only eat at night.

 

What I look like: My size ranges from less than

1 inch to over 1 foot in length, depending on my

species. I have a built in camouflage and appear

to look like part of the plant.

 

How I am born: I go through three stages of

development: egg, nymph and adult. The female can

lay up to 150 eggs, dropping them one by one to the

ground. My egg is also camouflaged and resembles a

brown seed. I hatch in the spring as a nymph and

resemble a tiny adult. My lifespan is one season.

 

Fun Facts:  The walking stick has the ability to regenerate

lost limbs. A female can reproduce by herself, but will

only produce other females. Some species of walking sticks

can squirt a fluid that will make their potential predators

temporarily blind.    BugFacts.net

walking-stick1-5-9-16Photo Sandy Sage

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6 Responses to

  1. Jesse says:

    Oh my goodness if I had not read the quote I don’t think I would have noticed the Walking Stick haha. I initially was trying to figure out what the picture was, until I read the quote 🙂

  2. Barbara Estinson says:

    This is interesting, Sandy. When I was in 5th grade, I wrote a report on the walking stick because I thought they were so interesting. Had not thought about them in years. Was the photo taken at your house?

  3. Di Anne Lewis says:

    To this day I remember seeing one of these guys for the first time (never since then) in our garden in St. Louis when I was about three or four years old. He was green & huge and I remember being fascinated and horrified (for lack of a better word) at the same time. Not long afterwards I saw a hummingbird in the same garden for the first time (many since then) while sitting on my swing. Thinking it was another humongous bug creature the earth simply stood still that summer afternoon.

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