Phasma gigas female from Papua New Guinea, photo by the Bug Chicks

Call them what you want- stick insects, walking sticks or stick bugs – we call them masters of camouflage! Insects in the Order Phasmatodea look and behave like plants and hide from even the most intrepid entomologists. 

Have you had any experiences with walking sticks?  Ever had one lose a leg in your hand or spray you from repugnatorial glands?  Witnessed the amazing behavioral camouflage movements of these insects?  We’d love to hear from you in the comments!