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Stick insect

Stick insect
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Copyright: Kiril Todorov (Phoki) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 48 W: 0 N: 21] (284)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax K100D
Exposure: 1/180 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-23 1:32
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The Phasmatodea were considered a suborder of Orthoptera, although most authors now consider them to form an order of their own. There is much confusion over the ordinal name, with Phasmida being preferred by many authors, although it is incorrectly formed. Phasmatodea is correctly formed, and is gaining in popularity. Cheleutoptera is now considered outdated.

They are related to the other orders forming the Orthopteroidea, including the Blattodea, Mantodea, Mantophasmatodea and Dermaptera.

There are around 3,000 described species, with many more yet to be described, both in museum collections, and in the wild. The order has a world-wide distribution, but most species are found in the tropics. These species vary from stick like species to those resembling bark, leaves and even lichens.


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