The stick bug… a very strange bug indeed
Walking sticks are curious creatures. Even when I was a little girl and afraid of some bugs, I never could bring myself to be afraid of the stick bug. They are not aggressive, they have no weapon, they just merely sit there and look like a stick, and really, you can’t be scared of a stick. Camouflage, as valuable a survival mechanism as it may be, just doesn’t seem like enough, so I had to do some research about the stick bugs defensive technique.
According to National Geographic “Many stick insects feign death to thwart predators, and some will shed the occasional limb to escape an enemy’s grasp. Others swipe at predators with their spine-covered legs, while one North American species, Anisomorpha buprestoides, emits a putrid-smelling fluid.”
This little guy must not have been the putrid fluid type, he was much more of a gentleman, who simply sat and waited for us to be done with him.
When I didn’t find enough contrast from his resting place on the windowsill (and REALLY.. who does he think he’s kidding- he’s not camouflage cement) my helpful brother offered up his black shirt for a backdrop. Again, the stick bug complied with minimal fuss.
I really do find them to be such fascinating little fellows…all gangly limbs like a 13 year old boy… the most curious looking bug I can imagine.