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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Act of Nature

Heading out side to put some mail in my mailbox for the mail man to pick up, on my way back up to my front door, I was greeted by these two stick bugs, who happen to be mating. I had to carefully move both of them, that was not easy because the bigger one was not willingto move. But thankfully, I got them both moved to safety away from the door and in to the tree.


Bonus info:

Stick bugs are actually called Phasmatodea, also known as walking sticks that are called Wikijunior. They are usually found on bushes or small trees. They look like sticks to hide from birds and other predators.

They only eat at night and they eat stems and leaves of plants. Their sizes is from a inch long up to a foot long. WOW! When stick bugs are born they go through 3 stages of developement. Egg, Nymph and Adult. The female can lay up to 150 eggs that are camoflauged, (look like a brown seed), while being dropped one by one on the ground. Eggs hatch in the Spring as a nymph and resemble tiny adults. Sadly, their lifespan is only a season.

Did you know?

  • that females can reproduce by themself but only produce other females
  • stick bugs have the ability to regenerate lost limbs
  • some walking stick bugs can squirt a fluid that will make potential predators temporarily blind

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