I found a walking stick insect on the screen in my office today. I was talking to my Mom on the phone and squealed with delight when I spied it. I told my Mom I had to go because I need to take a picture of it. I am thankful walking stick insects don’t move to quickly and are not startled by me getting close. I put my camera lens about 6 inches from him and he proudly posed so I could snap several photos. He even lifted his back leg twice, now that I think about it maybe he was peeing, hmmm. Now I need to quit calling it a him, I know it is a female because it doesn’t have wings.
When I was a kid me and my brother used to find walking sticks all the time. It is very rare for me to find one anymore. I normally see one on the outside of our cabin about once a year, but that is all. We also used to find salamanders in the garden but I haven’t seen one since I was a youngster, they were always black with bright blue spots. It was so fun finding them, they always remind me of a prehistoric dinosaur of sorts. Me and my brother would drag them home and play with them for a while and when we grew tired of them, we would plant them back in the garden beneath the soil they were churned up from.
Nature is amazing how it protects itself. I’m sure this creatures stick design is to keep predators from eating it and it’s slow moving crawl make it able to remain in one position for so long that it’s attacker gets bored and moves on. Have you found any amazing insects lately?