Stick Spotted Today

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  1. Frank Sanoica

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    Bright sun this afternoon, as I approached the back door, on the wall of the house I spotted this:

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    No mistaking it: it was a "walking stick". Baby one, about 2 inches long. Not walking, but rather enjoying the warmth of the sun probably. It had it's 2 front legs pointing straight forwards, along it's body, so only the middle and back legs were evident. The close-up came out rather blurry:

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    They were very common in Michigan, seen when we visited my Dad's uncle there. We had them in Missouri, as well. I did NOT know they could live in the Desert, though. Their body is so thin, I can't imagine even the skinniest digestive tract. A search stated they will eat lettuce growing in a field! Over 300 species exist. One is the longest insect known: 14 inches long! They are perfectly harmless. Here's one being played with, a common practice, as they are said to be often kept as pets.

     
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    Ugh :eek: I thought you meant someone had left their walking stick - so I wasn't prepared :p
    I'm running to them thar hills ………………
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    During the warm months we have a lot of plants on the porch plus the bamboo that’s growing next to it.
    Since I like sitting on it I get quite a few “visiting” sticks which will land on me or even sit on the wicker coffee table and seemingly watch me type away on the IPad.
    One very mature praying mantis sat on my shoulder for about a half hour. I even named it and had quite the conversation with him and may I say, he was a great listener and did not interrupt me even one time.
     
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  4. Holly Saunders

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    We have them in Southern Spain... see them quite often on the white patterned stucco wall of the house .. did you know they can regenerate themselves? if attacked, they can just let go of a leg for example and regrow another one?...cool beans!!
     
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    Mebbe they could invite the giant leaf insect over for lunch?
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  6. Bill Boggs

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    Now that I have never seen, never heard of one. Is this for real? But looking closer, those fringer prints look familiar,
    although a little bruised and scarred up.
     
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    oooh yukkk!!!!
     
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    A Stick Insect Christmas
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