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Walking stick insect

Phasmatodea

Description:

Slender green stick like insect.

Habitat:

On second floor balcony railing in wildlife habitat yard.

Notes:

Stick insects can reproduce parthenogenetically, without the need for males. Stick insects are a nation of Amazons, able to reproduce almost entirely without males. Unmated females produce eggs that become more females. When a male does manage to mate with a female, there's a 50/50 chance their offspring will be male. A captive female stick insect can produce hundreds of all-female offspring without ever mating. There are species of stick insects for which scientists have never found any males.

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joanbstanley
Spotted by
joanbstanley

Texas, USA

Spotted on Jul 3, 2013
Submitted on Jul 15, 2013

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