COSTA RICA TRAVELOGUE – DAY 9 – GOODBYE ARENAL ECOLODGE

by Antonio Gil August. 10, 2021 375 views

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Walking stick bug

Walking stick bug

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Walking sticks, or stick insects, are a group of highly camouflaged insects. They escape predation by blending into plant material. As their name suggests, they look just like sticks, and may even sway back and forth to more closely resemble a twig moving in the wind.

Depending on the species, walking sticks can grow from 1 to 12 inches (2.5 to 30 centimeters) long, with females usually growing bigger than the males. Stick insects are the biggest insects in the world—one species measures over 20 inches (51 centimeters) long with its legs outstretched.

Walking sticks are a favorite food of many animals, but perhaps their most effective predators are bats. Most bats hunt by echolocation rather than sight, so they aren’t fooled by the insect’s sticklike appearance.

When camouflage isn’t enough, some species have evolved the ability to release foul-smelling chemicals to deter predators, and others can secrete a liquid that temporarily blinds their foes. Others drop their legs when a predator attacks, but can regrow the appendages.

Walking sticks are one of many species that can reproduce parthenogenetically, meaning the females can produce unfertilized eggs that hatch and grow into new females.

The National Wildlife Federation

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Jay Boggess 2 months ago

Always a treat to follow your adventures, Amigos! Great camera work, subjects, supplemental info, verses & music, too!
What more could we ask for.....right??? Thanks for sharing, so generously with us! Hope all's well!
Keep up the great work!
Cheers!
Jay
+1grinning+1

2 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Jay Boggess 2 months ago

Thank you so much for your never ending support my friend. God bless you

2 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Antonio Gil 2 months ago

Thank U2 for your never ending parade of fine images, fascinating information & wonderful musical & poetic accompaniments, as well! 
Keep up the good work.........
Rock On!!!
Love & Blessings!
God Bless U2...too!+1grinning+1

2 months ago Edited
Camellia Staab 2 months, 1 week ago

I see you found many of my friends. Another nice set, especially like the walking stick photo smile

2 months, 1 week ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Camellia Staab 2 months, 1 week ago

You have friends scattered all over the place 😊

2 months, 1 week ago Edited
Thomas Thompson 2 months, 1 week ago

Another wonderful set thanks for sharing my friend

2 months, 1 week ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Thomas Thompson 2 months, 1 week ago

My pleasure 😊

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Francesc 2 months, 1 week ago

Wonderful captures Antonio

2 months, 1 week ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Francesc 2 months, 1 week ago

Much obliged my friend. 🙏🙏

2 months, 1 week ago Edited
Benny Law 2 months, 1 week ago

The walking stick bug is so cool.

2 months, 1 week ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Benny Law 2 months, 1 week ago

Agree with you Benny

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