Insect expert at camouflage

Stick insects should be a welcome sight in your backyard.
Stick insects should be a welcome sight in your backyard. Contributed

THEIR name gives away a clue to their greatest talent - the stick insect is very good at camouflage.

Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife chief executive Steve Corbett said the stick insect was a fun backyard buddy to have around.

"They're difficult to spot amongst the leaves and branches," Mr Corbett said.

And he said they were much stealthier than grasshoppers, who leave half-eaten leaves in their wake.

"Stick insects are so conscious of camouflage that they don't leave any trace behind, they eat whole leaves so that you can't see where they've been."

Mr Corbett warned not to try and pull a stick insect from a tree as it might drop one of its legs.

"This is a distracting defence mechanism.

"Young stick insects can regrow legs the next time they moult, but a fully grown adult can't."

To be a buddy to a stick insect Mr Corbett said to look for stick insects when pruning or removing dropped branches from your backyard.

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