I recently went for a hike at the Lusscroft Farm trail in Sussex New Jersey. As I was ambling down the path, I stumbled upon this stick bug. I have seen stick insects many times, but I always thought they were limited to tropical habitats. Apparently they have evolved in the temperate regions of Earth as well.
This is not the first time I have found a species I thought was tropical living in and around New York. I spotted Parrots nesting in Brooklyn back in March.
Check out the cool “pincher” on the back of it. Defense, mating, or for grasping while climbing?
I was so excited to have found a stick bug that I forgot to switch my camera into macro mode, so the video is a little out-of-focus.
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