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Prickly Stick Insect

Prickly Stick Insect
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Copyright: Steve Reekie (LordPotty) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1381 W: 144 N: 3872] (12503)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ-2-S
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/10 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-11-13 4:06
Viewed: 4105
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this shot of a stick insect about a month ago,but it was only this evening whilst I was looking up information on it that I realised what it was.
I'd assumed it was a fairly commonly seen Spiny Stick Insect,but as far as I can tell from my book,it is the Prickly Stick Insect,Acanthoxyla prasina,also known as the Black Spined Stick Insect.
Oddly enough,the female can produce eggs without being fertilised by a male,and my book says that no males have ever been seen.
This has got me wondering,because this doesn't look like the female depicted in the book.Could this be the first sighting of a male Prickly Stick Insect?
I will certainly be up at the Department of Conservation office in the morning to find out.
I'm amazed how often one comes across new or rarely seen species in New Zealand.I guess it is the relatively small population and the large expanses of wilderness.I'm sure a lot of this South Island forest has never been explored at all.I'll certainly be having a good look myself.

Incidentally,these particular stick insects have also been introduced from New Zealand to England!
They come in brown,green,or a mixture of both colours.

JeanMichel, hummingbird24, red45, wallhalla15, dew77, Janice, Phoki, firelord has marked this note useful
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A strange critter you have here, Steve. I knew many insects were expert in camouflage, but never seen this one yet. I think you did very well, specially on the DOF side, assuming the light was poor on the subject. I like the contrast between the tender moss and what seems to be a prickly stick. Very interresting. TFS.

Hello Steve!

How exciting to find such an unusual insect, and possibly the rarest of them all!

Great note and composition of this creature.

Nice sharp details and wonderful POV.

Well done.

Thank you for sharing this with us, and please, keep us posted as to its status.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-11-13 9:37]

Ouch, invasion from space, Steve!!! Beware!
Weird and very interesting insect. I like composition with bed of mosses. Only one nit - too long for DOF ;-) Good work my friend!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-11-13 15:10]

Hi Steve!
Very good sharp shot! I liked the blurred BG
Weird insect...Looks like a branch...TFS and for your note:)

Nice capture on the mossy log. Hope you find out if its a male. Cool composition.

Very strange creature nicely captured! Easier to see on the moss than on a branch! Great details and sharpness. Good DOF. Thanks for sharing!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-11-14 14:19]

Wow Steve - excellent capture. They are so hard to see and you show us a winner here. Good shot, thank you.

Hi Steve, a very fine macro shot. Excellent details and good tones of colour. A great capture, very well done. Thanks for posting.

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  • Phoki Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 48 W: 0 N: 21] (284)
  • [2005-11-17 9:13]

This obvioslly is a different kind of the stick species/i mean from mine/But this look's rather big??Excellent shot!!!

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