And Here’s a Stick Bug Just Hanging Out on the Side of My Garage

You know. Like you do. I don’t know why this thing surprised me when I saw it; I think I just assumed stick bugs didn’t live in Ohio. Surprise! I was wrong.

21 Comments on “And Here’s a Stick Bug Just Hanging Out on the Side of My Garage”

  1. Cute! The thing about stick insects, of course, is that they’re hard to spot, except when they hang out on garages :).

  2. We found a watermelon in our garden this morning, and I don’t think they grow in Berkshire (England). Some hidden hand had sliced one end off and then placed the 20-pound remnant there for our delight. This may be the vegetable equivalent of finding a horse’s head in the bed.

  3. I’ve got a praying mantis slowly dying on my front window. Like you, I was rather surprised to see it when it appeared the other night.

  4. I’m a bit north of you, around Ann Arbor, and I’ve seen them here too. When I moved it from the garage door to the sand cherry nearby, he took two steps and I couldn’t find him anymore, so it’s not too surprising that we just don’t realize that they’re there.

  5. . . . looks fake . . . like if it’s a couple of sticks glued together and stuck on the wall.

  6. I used to say the same thing about praying mantises in Iowa, but they’ve been ALL OVER this summer. Some of those America-hating hippie scientist types have been alleging that insect species have been on the move as the mid-band states have experienced warmer year-round climates. The national parks out west have apparently had unprecedented bumper crops of hornets and yellowjackets.

  7. rabbiadar – San Leandro, CA – Rabbi Ruth Adar is a teaching rabbi in San Leandro, CA. She has many hats: rabbi, granny, and ham radio operator K6RAV. She blogs at http://coffeeshoprabbi.com/ and teaches at Hamaqom | The Place in Berkeley, CA.
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    Reblogged this on Coffee Shop Rabbi and commented:
    Miracles abound!

  8. rabbiadar – San Leandro, CA – Rabbi Ruth Adar is a teaching rabbi in San Leandro, CA. She has many hats: rabbi, granny, and ham radio operator K6RAV. She blogs at http://coffeeshoprabbi.com/ and teaches at Hamaqom | The Place in Berkeley, CA.
    rabbiadar

    Reblogging this at http://CoffeeShopRabbi.com. I have always loved these bugs. We used to call them “Devil’s Walking Sticks” in Tennessee but they never seemed very devilish to me.

  9. Ross Hershberger – Approximately Detroit – I've been an electronics tech since trade school in the 1970s. I've worked as a mainframe programmer, tooling machinist, restorer of vintage tube amps, custodial equipment technician and several other unlikely jobs. Since 2012 I've worked as a YAG Laser Field Service Engineer for the North American division of TRUMPF GmbH.
    Ross Hershberger

    Only stick bug I’ve ever seen was under the fender of a Honda Dream sitting in a field in Detroit. If I hadn’t been under there with a flashlight looking for rust I’d have missed it.

  10. Ross Hershberger – Approximately Detroit – I've been an electronics tech since trade school in the 1970s. I've worked as a mainframe programmer, tooling machinist, restorer of vintage tube amps, custodial equipment technician and several other unlikely jobs. Since 2012 I've worked as a YAG Laser Field Service Engineer for the North American division of TRUMPF GmbH.
    Ross Hershberger

    BTW, Stick Insects are mantids.

  11. Extremely cool!

    I’ve only ever seen one – about 5 years ago, on the bush outside my front door, here in northeast Ohio.

    They are an amazing animal! :-)

  12. As you may or may not (especially if you did not see the film) remember, one of these was an integral part of the film version of “Master and Commander”. One of the better – IMO – adaptations of a novel, even though it actually combined parts of a couple of the books in Patrick O’Brian’s series.

    – Tom –

  13. We lived in Greenville, next to the park, for a couple of years. It was the buggiest place I ever lived. We saw all kinds of bizarre insects there. Stick bugs and praying mantises were the least of it. I swear some of those damned things looked like they came from THE MIST. I figured all these weird mutant bugs were being chased off local farmland by pesticides, and fleeing into Greenville (and, specifically, the park).

    But anyway, yes, Virginia, there are stick bugs in Darke County, Ohio.

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