Walking Stick Insect
The Stick Insect (often called the Walking Stick) is a treat to find. I have personally only sited the large insect a few times in my life, which is ironic considering I have spent countless summer hours picking raspberries and blackberries—which are favorite foods of the Stick Insect. The photos and video on this page are of a stick insect Jenny found walking on a bench on a family porch in Pennsylvania. This specimen was still fairly small. I once found a much larger stick insect in Ohio, but I cannot find the photo of that one.
We also found several small stick insects during a trip to Missouri. Unfortunately, we found them in the night and lost track of them before we could get the cameras out.
Walking Sticks belong to the Order Phasmida and account for around 3,000 species of insects. Vegetarians, they are harmless to humans. I have not found any suggestion that stick insects are vectors for human diseases; in fact, the stick insect is often regarded as an excellent pet for children.