Monday, October 6, 2008

Stick 'em up!!

We have been besieged by stick insects (Phasmatodea) lately. They seem to be everywhere.

Apparently they make great pets.

Let's see ....2 dogs, 2 cats, a rabbit and a bird, AND a hundred or so stick insects.....hmmmm maybe not!!!!

26 comments:

USelaine said...

Oh my gosh, now I see! It's hanging from a suspended string of beads! I'm not sure I'd like too many of those underfoot. Do they get in the house?

Old Wom Tigley said...

They sell these in some pet shops here in the UK.. which I find sad... I'd much rather see them there in PNG.. but maybe not in your home.. :O)

Jules said...

uselaine - no we have screens so they are all over the deck.

Tom - yes they are free-ranging around here. My younger daughter took much delight in chasing her big sister around the house with one!!!!

marie6 said...

I hate insects, we are besieged by beetles right now. Can't imagine having an insect as a pet, I would prefer a dog, much more loveable!

JM said...

Stick insects are so cool! Your composition is great too! The background is a palmtree leaf, right?

Ferreira-Pinto said...

Stick' em up gave me the shivers!
I thought you were really telling us to stick' em up like Jesse James used to say ...

Then my heart slowed down 'cause you were only talking 'bout those stick insects.

have a great week.

Willow said...

Walking sticks are better than stink bugs any time!

Mango season! Mmmmm! Do tell us when rambutan season starts--early December, maybe? Rambutan='hair fruit', the round red peels with tentacles?

Therese said...

Mmmmm for the mangos. marvelous picture for the stick insects!

Jules said...

therese - hi and thanks

willow - rambutans come in around Christmas time - they have a shorter season than mangoes. Will do a post for you when i see them at the market!!!

jm - yes it is a palm leaf!!!

marie6 - I guess if you live in an apartment a stick insect might be happier but....can't imagine you could give them a pat or take them for a walk without them losing all their legs!!!

quinto - sorry I scared you - no rascals here!!!

ancient one said...

If I've ever seen these insects, I didn't know it. They kinda' remind me of preying mantis?

Marcel said...

I think they look like very interesting insects.

mauswara said...

umm, much rather a stick insect than cockroaches marching by.

PETER @ IRENE TATE said...

to JULES i luv your daily photo , i check weekly . i have worked in png for 12 pela year, rabaul is my favorite,time in rabaul 1967/70,2003/4,@ 2007may so i look forwould to yourlocal photos, luv the puppy? enjoy it while you can, i loss 2 dogs in rabaul, 1given and 1 payed for,i was told they got killed on the road. i found out latter i fattened them up for the cooking pot by the TOLIAS who gave them to me. i trust this doesnt happen to your puppy many expats have been fooled in the pass. i worked on the rabaul roads in 03/04 to kokopo and it happened to a expat then.i also have many photos of my stay in png which i enjoy like you. sorry about my comments on the dogs. LOOKIM YU BEHIND. PETER

Dina said...

Oh no, so many? Just yesterday I stood by a tree observing a walking stick. But only one.
Good luck.
Your puppy is so cute.

David said...

Jules, Isn't nature a marvel? Stick insects are amazing creatures, so simple yet do complex. Great photo!

David said...

Jules, love your new banner - don't change it, it's perfect!

Jules said...

mauswara (so love the name) I agree!!! Up here cockroaches are bigger than the shoes I chase them with!!!!

Hi Peter - so nice to hear from you. I have a few ex-rabaulites that visit me.

Hi Dina - yes they do look just like that!!!
The puppy is growing fast and has totally taken over the house!!!

David - many thanks - glad you like it!!!

Ancient one - yes they do but they are different when you look at their photos.

Bergson said...

Haughtiness this assembly with quality photo

photowannabe said...

What amazing creatures. I don't think I have ever seen one in real life. i find them fascinating but wouldn't want them in the house.

Jules said...

Hi Bergson

Sue - yes they are best outside!!

Gill - That British Woman said...

what a great set of photos.........

Gill in Canada

2sweetnsaxy said...

Great shots!!!!

Marie Reed said...

I am critter crazy! These stick insects are just lovely:)

Squirrel said...

This makes me think of the stick insect in the early Sue Townshend books --the diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 and three quarters...I think you'd enjoy it

alicesg said...

Wow, it had been a long time since I saw a stick insect...lol. Very beautiful photos.

Edward Baker said...

Check out the Phasmid Study Group website.