Friday, July 24, 2009

Another Weird Bug!

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!

13 comments:

Barrie said...

Awesome stick bug!!! We don't have cool bugs like that - we don't have anoles either. We get our anoles and stick bugs from the pet store! LOL Cute puppy!! :)

Stormy said...

DaYum... You sure have an *eye* for bugs! I never would have seen that! lol...

Love the pup photo :)

Ginga Squid said...

I used to have a pet stick insect when I was little. Lost him down the sofa unfortunately.

Wouldn't this one make a fab brooch?

CarolynArtist said...

The walking stick bug is WAY cool!!! Don't you just want to bedazzle him? :P
Oscar is far cuter, and Tammy, those are some mighty hairy legs you're sporting :O)
I love your bug updates

Tammy's Treasure Chest said...

Barrie, we can buy these at pets stores too! :) I guess people don't realize you can just catch them yourself! LOL

Tammy's Treasure Chest said...

Stormy, he was really well camouflaged!

Tammy's Treasure Chest said...

LOL Vicky! The sofa?!
He would make fab jewelry.

Tammy's Treasure Chest said...

Yes Care! I haven't had time to shave in years! ROFLOL My deep, dark, secret is out!

susie said...

Quite possibly my favorite bug - I always get excited to find a walking bug or a praying mantis. We have blue tail skink lizards by our house, every once in a while one will end up in the garage.
Can't wait to see the new work!

Stacie said...

We just had one of these guys on our driver's side mirror...he hung on for the entire 40 mile trip...

Willow Branch said...

A bedazzled walking stick?? Only Care would come up with that. Oscar is such a cutie. When I was 3 I had a cat I named Oscar...then she had kittens.

Pam

diane said...

I love the picture of Oscar =)
xoxox

Stephani Gorman said...

Hi Oscar! You're pretty cute! I have seen one of those bugs before, but it has been a really long time! How cool! Stephani :)