Arthropod

Stick insect

Area: 
All continents except Antarctica
Habitat: 
Tropical forests and woodlands
Food: 
Leaves
Size: 
Body is 1 to 22 inches long, depending on the species
Babies: 
Nymphs must get their own food after they hatch.
The 22-inch-long megastick from Malaysia is the world’s largest insect.

 

These thin insects are named for what they look like—a stick. But a stick insectA small animal without a backbone. Its body is divided into three parts. Insects have three pairs of legs and usually two pairs of wings. Flies, ants, grasshoppers, and beetles are a few of the many kinds of insects. doesn’t just look like a twig, it acts like one, too!

 

During the daytime a stick insectA small animal without a backbone. Its body is divided into three parts. Insects have three pairs of legs and usually two pairs of wings. Flies, ants, grasshoppers, and beetles are a few of the many kinds of insects. usually stays perfectly still. But if it does need to move, it sways as it walks so it looks like a twig being moved by the wind.

 

Stick insects feed at night. When they eat leaves, it triggers the plantAny living thing that is not an animal. Plants live on sunlight and water instead of food. Plants generally cannot move on their own, and are not able to smell, hear, see, or touch. to create more. In this way, stick insects work like gardeners of the forestAn area with many trees., helping to keep trees, bushes, and vines healthy!

 

Because they eat so much, stick insects can cause problems in places where they are not from. Many people like keeping these strange-looking and quiet creatures as pets. But if the stick insectA small animal without a backbone. Its body is divided into three parts. Insects have three pairs of legs and usually two pairs of wings. Flies, ants, grasshoppers, and beetles are a few of the many kinds of insects. escapes or is let loose, it can quickly become a pestA plant or animal that humans believe to be harmful or annoying. by devouring plants that don't regrow quickly. If you or someone you know has a pet stick insectA small animal without a backbone. Its body is divided into three parts. Insects have three pairs of legs and usually two pairs of wings. Flies, ants, grasshoppers, and beetles are a few of the many kinds of insects., be extra careful to be responsible and keep it at home.