Okay, how random is this... a post about stick bugs.
I've seen a couple of pairs lately and decided to look up some info on these strange critters.
Did you know that....
Only 1 in 1000 stick bugs are male (try picking up a guy with those odds)
The walking stick is the longest of all the modern insects (this female was about 9" long)
Males (at least the species that live here in Fla) are always much smaller than the females. (wouldn't it be nice to be "expected" to be larger than your mate?)
When mating they may remain coupled for several hours, days or even weeks (yikes)
Lacking a partner, a female walking stick can still lay fertile eggs, although all will yield female larvae. (and this would be a problem because???)
If threatened they can spray (quite accurately) a milky kind of acidic compound, hitting the face (or eyes) of a perceived predator, including humans or pets, from one to two feet away. The compound causes intense burning and even temporary blindness should it strike the eye. (I can think of a few times where that defense could have come in quite handy!)
Of course now that I know this, I probably shouldn't have gotten close enough to take this picture but I guess they were too busy to notice me.
Actually later the same day I spotted another pair on the outside of our pool screen. Guess it's mating season for stick bugs.
Now don't say I never taught you anything!