stick insect


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n stick insect any of various mostly tropical insects having long twiglike bodies
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Stick insect (Zoöl) any one of various species of wingless orthopterous insects of the family Phasmidæ, which have a long round body, resembling a stick in form and color, and long legs, which are often held rigidly in such positions as to make them resemble small twigs. They thus imitate the branches and twigs of the trees on which they live. The common American species is Diapheromera femorata. Some of the Asiatic species are more than a foot long.
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In literature:

She was very much excited when we went upstairs; so I tried to interest her in a curious insect called a stick-bug.
"Story of My Life" by Helen Keller
Only I warn them that the insects sticking to the plant do not dissolve into broth, but shrivel, quite uselessly, in the sun.
"More Hunting Wasps" by J. Henri Fabre
Vessels becalmed everywhere speck the glass-level of the sea, like insects sticking upon a mirror.
"Two Years in the French West Indies" by Lafcadio Hearn
So he takes up the hen, and thinking the best way to kill the insects was to stick a pin into them, he unluckily kills the hen.
"The Book of Noodles" by W. A. Clouston
The dye, however, is principally from the shrivelled-up body of the insect of the Stick-lac.
"French Polishing and Enamelling" by Richard Bitmead
You have been poking into it with a little stick, and you think there are insects beneath it.
"The Insect Folk" by Margaret Warner Morley
Some insects, called bamboo and walking-stick insects, have a most remarkable resemblance to pieces of bamboo, to twigs and branches.
"On the Genesis of Species" by St. George Mivart
Beating the boughs with a long stick will often force insects to fly, when their presence is unknown to us.
"Practical Taxidermy" by Montagu Browne
Such are the insects which resemble sticks or leaves.
"The Beauties of Nature" by Sir John Lubbock
Very tiny insects stick to a liquid like glue that covers my tongue.
"Birds Illustrated by Color Photograph, Volume 1, Number 2, February, 1897" by anonymous
He had shrunk himself so small that he was like an insect under some sticks and leaves.
"Legends of Ma-ui--a demi god of Polynesia, and of his mother Hina" by W. D. Westervelt
Frequently, as in the case of the stick and leaf insect, the eggs are enclosed in capsules of very elaborate shapes and highly ornamented.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 1" by Various
Already some had knocked the top off the ants' nest, and were stirring it with sticks to infuriate the insects.
"The Induna's Wife" by Bertram Mitford
The leaf and stick insects are of great variety and beauty.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 7" by Various
But we must now return to our own insect, which has by this time settled itself in a similar manner on the stick we provided for it.
"Butterflies and Moths" by William S. Furneaux
Cockroaches, Walking-sticks, Leaf insects, Praying Mantis also belong to this order.
"Great Hike" by Alan Douglas

In poetry:

I'd hate to be an animal, an insect or a fish.
To be the least like bird or beast I've not the slightest wish.
It's best I find to be resigned, and stick to Nature's plan:
Content am I to live and die, just - Ordinary MAN.
"Resignation" by Robert W Service

In news:

A lamp hangs next to a giant walking stick insect in a shadow box, at 30A Home.
Texas walking stick longest insect in U.S. MySA Web Search by Yahoo Businesses.
Stick insect species, often called walking sticks , range in size from the tiny, half-inch-long (11.6-millimeter-long) Timema cristinae of North America, to the formidable 13-inch-long (328-millimeter-long) Phobaeticus kirbyi of Borneo.
In part one of a two-part series, Dr Art Evans, entomologist and WCVE producer Steve Clark chronicle the apparent demise, dramatic rediscovery, and tenuous recovery of one of the world's largest insects, Lord Howe's walking stick .