Now That’s What I Call a Sticky Situation
By Robin Red Breast
The Stick Bug is perhaps the most difficult insect you will ever encounter. Not because it is dangerous but rather because it is almost impossible to find. Truly they are masters of camouflage! They can also be quite larger than expected if you do manage to find one. You won’t be able to swallow this bug down in one gulp. On top of all that, the adults actually seem to turn into more stick than bug and are often tough and difficult to digest. This means your best bet for a Stick Bug meal is an immature one. They are often more reckless about “sticking” to the disguise.
- Step 1: Careful Observation Perhaps the most important of all steps for catching a Stick Bug. Unless you just happen to get lucky and one of the stupid young ones walks right in front of you, you’ll likely be staring at sticks for a while. Luckily, once you’ve seen through their disguise they really have no defense other than hoping you lose them again in the tangle of branches as you head in to grab them.
All right, I can’t do this to you, it’s too mean. My associates and I wanted to see how many novices we could get to sit staring at twigs all day, but I couldn’t do it! I’ll tell you the sure-fire secret to finding Stick Bugs within a tangle of branches...
For whatever reason, if you sing the phrase “don’t stop believin’....” from the song by Journey of the same name- they are compulsively unable to not sing “hold on to that feelin’!”. At which point they will drop their rigid twig disguise and perform the remainder of the song karaoke style. It’s really quite amusing. You end up with dinner and a show!