Stick insects have always amazed me, particularly for two reasons –
1) How well they have evolved to resemble twigs amongst which they live, making this the most efficient natural camouflages against predators.
2) Their movement – rhythmic, repetitive side-to-side movements which appears like vegetation moving around.
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Amboli (Maharashtra) will never seize to surprise a nature lover, more so during the monsoon season. One of those nights there, with an everlasting quest for observing and photographing various macro subjects around, I bumped into this marvel. I have observed stick insects before but most of them were brown in colour, this was the first time I got an opportunity to see a green coloured one.
Initially, I mistook it to it’s smaller cousin – the grasshopper and then suddenly realised this to be a green coloured ‘Stick insect’, thanks to it’s length.
There are known to be as many as 3000 species of stick insects that exists, found across the world in tropical and temperate forests. Apparently the largest one being 22 inches!
These guys are not just masters of camouflage. Inspite of their camouflage, if a predator isn’t fooled and grabs the bug by the leg, it’s no big deal. The insect can detach the leg and scuttle away. It will later regenerate, or grow back, the lost limb. How awesome is that!?
Want to know more? Read on at keepinginsects.com/stick-insect/