Stick insect on the prowl

Stick insects and mantids (see previous post) may be superficially similar. Preying mantids have large eyes, located on the upper two points on the top of their triangular head which give them almost 360 degrees vision. This makes it easy to see and capture prey.

Stick Insect

Stick insects eat leaves so don’t require the large eyes. They have excellent camouflage and are usually hard to see. This one was photographed taking a walking to find to find something better than a rhubarb leaf to eat.

Australian stick insects include many of the most striking species found anywhere in the world. There is a great book called “The Complete Field Guide to Stick insects and Leaf insects of Australia by Paul Brock and Jack Hasenpusch if you are interested in finding out more information on this diverse range of insects.

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