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Great disguise - bad location
Lens: Sigma 28-70 2.8 Camera: K-01 Photo Location: On the deck! ISO: 1600 Shutter Speed: 1/25s Aperture: F9.5 
Posted By: Jessesdad, 02-10-2014, 03:53 AM

Is it a stick? Is it a plane? No, it's....kind of weird. Kids found it on the deck railings. Anywhere else in our overgrown garden it would never have been seen. A brilliant bit of camouflage but as for the choice of placement....well, not much room in there for a brain I guess.

Incredible creature.

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02-10-2014, 03:57 AM   #2
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I guess it just wanted it's moment in the limelight.
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It really does look like plant roots or tendrils. Hard to believe this is something else. Are you going to try to identify what it is?
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It really does look like plant roots or tendrils. Hard to believe this is something else. Are you going to try to identify what it is?
phasmid aka stick insect.

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phasmid aka stick insect.
Gosh, that name doesn't seem to fit at all [grin].
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How nice of him to make himself visible to you. They are just impossible to see on a plant.
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That's a great shot - it's impossible to see those things when they are on a plant.
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Wonderful stick insect and photo.
Incredible how much they look like wood

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One of the coolest little insects. A great example of Nature's camouflage. Great capture!
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QuoteOriginally posted by First Poster Quote
Great disguise - bad location
It needs to learn the Chameleon colour changing trick, then it could just disappear rather than blend in.
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phasmid aka stick insect.
Yep, that's the one. Ctenomorpha chronus apparently. But they're 'stick insects' here and all over Australia. Many kinds but this is a biggish one and a male.
They can grow up to 18cm (the web reliably informs me). This one was close.

Thanks for the interest and nice comments. Was a bit of luck really.

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Why did you glue twigs to your deck railing? We call that a "walking stick" here.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Jessesdad Quote
Is it a stick? Is it a plane? No, it's....kind of weird. Kids found it on the deck railings. Anywhere else in our overgrown garden it would never have been seen. A brilliant bit of camouflage but as for the choice of placement....well, not much room in there for a brain I guess.

Incredible creature.
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