Before we began our hike to the Len Foote Inn, we needed to use the restroom. And there, waiting in line on the fence, was a Walking Stick insect.
It was so still, making it easy to photograph. This one was about 3″ – 4″ long.
Here’s some info on these fascinating bugs courtesy of Dave’s Garden – http://davesgarden.com/
They eat foliage of deciduous trees and shrubs, especially oaks and hazelnuts.
This is the head and the 2 front legs are stretched in front…
Females drop eggs singly. Eggs overwinter among ground litter and hatch in spring, when nymphs push open domelike ends of the eggs. Nymphs crawl up woody vegetation at night to reach edible foliage.
Males are about 3″ long and females 3 3/4″ long.
I’m guessing by the coloration that this is a male Walking Stick…
Ever seen one of these before? According to what I read, they’re not around much during the day!