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A Million Ways to Reproduce

Apr 3, 2019

Giant Vietnamese Stick Insect (Baculum extradentatum)

Giant Vietnamese Stick Insect (Baculum extradentatum)

Fascinating article from The New York Times about some of our favorite insects, stick insects. The residents in our current exhibit, Our Plentiful Planet, are known for their camouflage: their stick-like appearance helps to keep them hidden from predators. But researchers have found being eaten could boost some stick insects’ reproductive success. When a bird eats the insect and excretes the eggs somewhere else, some of the eggs survive and hatch, expanding the insects’ habitat. Amazing.

Read about this new research, and then make plans to see similar stick insects in action at Our Plentiful Planet just before the entrance to our Tropical Butterfly House.