About Stick Insect

As its name suggests, the stick insect resembles the twigs among which it lives, providing it with one of the most efficient natural camouflages on Earth. It and the equally inconspicuous leaf insect comprise the Phasmida order, of which there are approximately 3,000 species.

Phasmids generally mimic their surroundings in colour, normally green or brown, although some species are brilliantly coloured and others conspicuously striped. Many stick insects have wings, some spectacularly beautiful, while others resemble little more than a stump. A number of species have spines and tubercles on their bodies.

Fast Facts 

Type: Bug

Diet: Herbivore

Average life span in the wild: Up to 3 years

Size: 0.46 to 12.9 in (11.6 to 328 mm)

Did you know? Stick insects are part of the Phasmida order, the name of which is derived from a Greek word meaning “apparition.”


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