Insect Camo

Take a look at the brown stuff all over the fronds of this young cabbage palm.  Looks to me like some dead plant matter got caught in there somehow.

Hmm.  Let’s peer a little closer.

Figured out yet what you’re looking at?

It’s a walking stick orgy: an uncountable number of mating pairs of two-lined walking sticks, Anisomorpha buprestoides, all piled on top of each other.  Toto, I don’t think we’re in Ohio anymore.

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6 thoughts on “Insect Camo”

  1. They have a pair of glands behind the head that can release a spray of poison behind them, so they need to be handled with some care. Its not terribly dangerous, but you have to be careful not to hold them near your eyes.

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