July 12, 2023
A Walking Stick with Many Colors
- as seen by -Chris Spohn
There is always something new to find, especially in the insect world.
My mother-in-law spotted this northern walking stick (Diapheromera femorata) on her camper and called me over. While easy to spot at night with an ultraviolet flashlight, they can be impossible to see during the day. Luckily, against the white paint of the camper, this one was obvious.
Its coloration appears like many insects – basic brown. But upon closer inspection, of course, they are anything but, with colors ranging from green to orange to brown in varying patterns.
Pentax K-3, Pentax D-FA 50mm Macro and Cactus RF60 Flash with Diffuser