Video about the rare black beauty stick insect


#1

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/02/12/video-about-the-rare-black-bea.html


#2

kill it with fire. sorry.


#3

Go home mother nature. You’re drunk.


#4

Beauty, as it has been said, is in the eye of the beholder. In my eye, that’s fugly!


#5

The idea that monolithic black is the ideal camouflage for dark conditions is incorrect. It still contrasts with lighter background. You want murky, dark green, brown, or gray.

I would suspect it’s either optimized for a different spectrum than human eyes perceive or - given the bright red wings and chemical weaponry - is actually an aposematic signal.


#6

I thought this was going to be yet another story about the tree lobster.


#7

Not yet covered. Must have drink first.


#8

I found a walking stick years ago and tried to keep it as a pet. A brown one about 6" long. I had just finished making a fish tank into a terrarium when she died. In hind sight I may have needed to spritz her down, but she should have had the water from the leaves I put in there. Which she did eat. I also learned to tell the difference between the poo and eggs she laid. I spread the eggs in the bushes, but never saw another one. Then again they are hard to see.


#9

Blurry shot of “walking stick” insect in the northern VA woods, last October.

That’s a very big thumb in the picture, the insect is roughly three inches long, give or take an inch.


#10

What gang sign is that?


#11

The one for the physicists’ gang


#12

Some Viking thing from Trondheim, I guess?

(If not, that’s a good description of the guy whose hand it is.)


#13

So… is it a stick, or is it an insect?
Come on biologists, make up your mind.


#14

Yep. Those brown ones really, REALLY look like sticks. You have to see it moving.


#15

Or in my case, have it on the side of the house.


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