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March 4th, 2009
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Modelling: a stereotype.







My wonderfully geeky flatmate spotted this bloke in the hedge, from about two metres away, and excitedly brought him to our attention. I like her!
Actually, I have no idea whether this is a bloke or a blokess. Anybody know how to sex a stick insect?

In other news, I had abuse yelled at me by two young guys in a white Mitsubishi while on my way home this evening. If they hadn't been yelling abuse, I probably wouldn't have noticed them drinking* and I probably wouldn't have phoned the police, but I did and I did. It probably won't amount to anything, but if it does, good.

*I can't say with 100% certainty that it was beer. Some soft-drinks come in beer-shaped bottles. But they weren't acting particularly sober.

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From:amphigori
Date:March 4th, 2009 06:48 am (UTC)
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I'm sorry you suffered drive-by abuse. Lame. Hooray for calling the po-lice.

I <3 that stick insects defend themselves by swaying. "Wow it's windy! I'm just a stick, bending in the breeze!" We had pet stick bugs at my old work in Seattle and we'd blow on them just to make them sway a little.
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From:dianavilliers
Date:March 4th, 2009 08:52 pm (UTC)
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It was doing the swaying thing - in and out of focus mostly.
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From:madshutterbug
Date:March 4th, 2009 11:48 am (UTC)
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First of all, nice macro work. *G*

Second, I expect the sex of one stick insect matters mostly to another stick insect and then possibly to an entomologist. Which I am not. So I shall enjoy the cleverness of a species to select looking like sticks for survival, and pass on the rest. *G*

Third, goodonya. As I recall, driving under the influence is taken with something of a rather dim view there.
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From:dianavilliers
Date:March 4th, 2009 09:13 pm (UTC)
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Mmmm. I did some googling around late last night and found that many species including the common NZ ones are parthenogenic - so the likeyhood is that she is female. She's also probably eating the fuchias.

I am becoming increasingly convinced that my next camera-related purchase should be a macro lens - I'm using the 18-55 kit lens which is reportedly OKish at everything and particularly good at nothing, and I am using it here at the very end of its range.
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From:wcg
Date:March 4th, 2009 02:24 pm (UTC)
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The pictures put me in mind of the phasmid discussion in Master and Commander. Very well done.

The young men in the white Mitsubishi need a lesson in courtesy. I hope your local police administered one.
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From:dianavilliers
Date:March 4th, 2009 08:51 pm (UTC)
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A nautical phasmid! - indeed yes.
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From:micheinnz
Date:March 6th, 2009 12:15 am (UTC)
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Stick insect is sticky!

No, wait...
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From:dianavilliers
Date:March 7th, 2009 04:37 am (UTC)
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Hehe

Q: What's brown and sticky?
A: A stick!
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