Walking Stick Insect
When Tall Husband spotted this tiny insect on the front porch, he thought it was a broom straw. It's only about 2.5 inches in length and the diameter of...well...a broom straw. These twig-like little masters of camouflage can grow to be two feet in length. We hadn't seen a walking stick insect in years, so it was wonderful seeing one again.
If only those magical, luminous fireflies, or lightning bugs, of our childhood would also visit our front porch some evening, we would ecstatic!
Note: This stick insect appeared to have excellent hearing, as each time the beeper sounded on my camera, it turned its head in the direction of the sound. This could only be observed while looking through the lens, as its head was too small to see with the naked eye.
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