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  • Typical stick insect Ed’s picture in costa rica, its not an adult, it’s a nymph so is hard to identify, looks like a male. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phasmatodea The Phasmatodea (sometimes called Phasmida ) are an order of insects , whose members are variously known as stick insects (in Europe and Australasia ), 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 Ancient 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.
  • Typical stick insect Ed’s picture in costa rica, its not an adult, it’s a nymph so is hard to identify, looks like a male.
  • http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:LeafInsect.jpg Leaf insect Phyllium sp. (Identification: thanks to Doug Yanega) I would say Phyllium bioculatum -- Sarefo 12:00, 4 March 2008 (UTC) Photo by Sandilya Theuerkauf, Wynaad
  • http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Phyllium_giganteum_-_Baby.jpg even eclosed Giant Malaysian Leaf Insect (Phyllium giganteum) Drägüs
  • They are related to gross hopers Photo by Ed Not technically a grasshopper but certainly Orthoptera - the sister group to phasmids.
  • http://phasmid-study-group.org/category/Image-Galleries/64 31/10/2007 - Ed Baker 'Rainforest' vivarium This was a (successful) experimental design for rearing Aretaon sperrimus, and a variety of cockroach, beetle and millipede species. Makes a good display, but requires a fair amount of maintenance!
  • Costa rica blue lagoon
  • Costa rica
  • Phasmid = gost, aparition in greek, because they are hard to see
  • Left, male female pair
  • http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Phasmatiidaeunid.JPG Phasmatidae Ex Coll. Museum Wiesbaden Date 17 March 2009) Source Own work Author Notafly http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Insect_Safari_-_insect_21.jpg Unidentified Phasmatodea. Part of Don Ehlen's "Insect Safari" collection. Photo by Joe Mabel http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Insect_Safari_-_lepidopteran_003.jpg Photo by Joe Mabel
  • Being eaten by a spider
  • Ed’s picture in costa rica
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  • Small
  • Baby
  • http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Australian_Leaf_Insect,_portrait.jpg http://www.flickr.com/photos/41096997@N00/288231870/ Australian Leaf Insect, portrait These leaf insects always look as though their head is on backwards. The mouth parts are near its arms by its antennae. Genus, species:Extatosoma tiaratum 
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  • The Great Pretenders With Ed Baker Entomology Department For more information visit: www.nhm.ac.uk/naturelive
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  • www.nhm.ac.uk/research-curation for more information about our science www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-live for more information about future and past Nature Live events
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  • Thanks to Rob Lind and The Phasmid Study Group http://phasmid-study-group.org
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