IMAGES OF SMALL THINGS FROM THE BIGGEST COUNTY IN TEXAS #624 -WALKING STICK

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Yes, these are in color, just not much there. Grey bug on gray screen Got to grab whatever bugs are still around. We have had our first freeze and winter in near. These are harmless creatures and evidently the male has no hormone issues.

Stick insects, like praying mantises, show rocking behavior in which the insect makes rhythmic, repetitive, side-to-side movements. The common interpretation of this behavior’s function is it enhances crypsis by mimicking vegetation moving in the wind. However, these movements may be most important in allowing the insects to discriminate objects from the background by relative motion. Rocking movements by these generally sedentary insects may replace flying or running as a source of relative motion to help them discern objects in the foreground.

Mating behavior in Phasmatodea is impressive because of the extraordinarily long duration of pairings. A record among insects, the stick insect Necroscia sparaxes, found in India, is sometimes coupled for 79 days at a time. It is not uncommon for this species to assume the mating posture for days or weeks on end, and among some species (Diapheromera veliei Walsh and D. Covilleae), pairing has been observed to last three to 136 hours in captivity.Explanations for this behavior range from males guarding their mates against reproductive competitors to the view that the pairings are a defensive alliance.

enjoy a bug today ††† en theos †††jimwork

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