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Stick Bug

A "stick Bug", commonly named because they look like a stick. This one was spotted on my car yesterday. The overall length is about 6 inches. Camouflage is the primary defense mechanism for these insects, and when they are on the ground, or on a tree or bush, they become invisible.

 

This stick bug is currently at rest, and takes the full appearance of a small twig.

 

Finding a stick bug in my area is a rare occurrence. They are not normally found in this climate. They are more often found in the southeast United States, where the climate is warmer. This insect will probably not survive the cold harsh Northeast Winter that is coming.

 

Scientific information from Wikipedia:

 

The Phasmatodea are an order of insects, whose members are variously known as stick insects (in Europe and Australasia), walking sticks or stick-bugs (in the United States and Canada). Phasmatodea can be found all over the world in warmer zones, especially the tropics and subtropics. The greatest diversity is found in Southeast Asia and South America, followed by Australia. Phasmids also have a considerable presence in the continental United States, mainly in the Southeast.

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Taken on September 19, 2012