Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Walking Stick Insect

Needing to take a short break from a painting I was working on, I decided to go for a walk in the woods behind the artist's residence building. 

Not long into my walk, a slight movement caught my eye and I saw this creature (do you see it? look carefully!) scaling the trunk of a tree.  It is a walking stick a surprisingly common insect, but in all my explorations in the woods throughout my life, I never found one. As you can see, they are experts in disguise.  I watched this insect walk up the tree trunk to a limb, where it stretched out and "became" just another twig   It was so well disguised that my camera could not adequate focus on it, reading the insect as just a part of the background.

Fortunately, I was able to snap this picture as it was scuttling up the tree and before it "disappeared".

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