Stick insects can be tricky to see, even when they’re right in front of your nose. Here are some tips for spotting one.
What You Do
- Search Their Favorite Hang-Outs
Try peering carefully at trees, shrubs, or even buildings.
- Handle with Care
If you do find one, treat it gently. (Stick insects are very delicate.) Put a finger in front of it, and it may walk onto your hand. Don’t worry, these insects don’t bite or sting. But do watch out, because a few kinds can squirt out a smelly (but harmless) liquid when threatened.
- Trick a Friend
After you’ve watched your stick insect for a while, put it back on a branch. Then ask someone else to try to spot it. See if your new stick friend is tricky enough to hide in plain sight!