The Walking Stick
The Phasmatodea (sometimes called Phasmida) are an order of insects, whose members are variously known as stick insects (in Europe), walking sticks or stick-bugs (in the United States), phasmids, ghost insects and leaf insects (generally the family Phylliidae). The ordinal name is derived from the Greek "phasma" meaning an apparition or phantom, and refers to the resemblance of many species to sticks or leaves. Their natural camouflage can make them extremely difficult to spot.
I found this one in the doorway to my shop one morning. It was not a good place to hide so I moved him to the grass, where you can barely see him!
I've found a lot of walking sticks here, but they were green, brown or green and brown striped. This is the only cream-colored one I've seen!
And this is an anole lizard, that eats bugs! I love lizards, too!
And this is my baby, Oscar. The wonderful weinie dog! He sleeps in some very awkward positions!
I've been really busy with orders this week, so I've had several stones just sitting on the bench, with the bezels all ready to solder. Maybe this weekend I'll get them done!