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