Walking Sticks

 While fishing at Catfish Pond located on our farm, we found this insect hanging out on the fishing rod. It is called a walking stick. At first it appears to be a stick, and then it slowly starts walking. This insect  has the ability to camouflage itself to escape predators by blending into plant material. They inhabit woodlands where they can hide in plain sight.  Many animals love to eat them, but their mostly eaten by bats because bats hunt them using echolocation rather than sight. 

Walking Stick

Walking sticks are invertebrates, meaning they have no spine or backbone. Walking sticks are herbivores and use their strong mandible to consume leaves, which are found all over wooded areas. So the next time you are out on the nature trails, keep your eyes out for walking sticks. They are fascinating to view!

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