stick insect


Definition of stick insect

: any of various usually wingless phasmid insects (especially family Phasmatidae) with a long cylindrical body resembling a stick broadly : phasmid

Examples of stick insect in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Indo-Malaya Size: 50 to 100 mm (2 to 4 inches) long Leaf insects are stick insects that have evolved extremely flattened, irregularly shaped bodies, wings and legs. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Apr. 2020 But tree lobsters—which include New Guinea’s thorny devil (Eurycantha calcarata) and the Lord Howe Island stick insect (Dryococelus australis)—are a glaring exception. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, 25 June 2019 Without native predators, the stick insect population could surge. John Pickrell, Science | AAAS, 5 June 2019 But a study of stick insects found that secreting liquid from foot pads has nothing to do with, well, sticking. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, 8 May 2019 But scientists in Japan noticed that despite their camouflage, stick insects became bird food quite frequently. Joanna Klein, New York Times, 5 June 2018 As Kaplan reports, plant seeds and stick insect eggs have some conspicuous similarities. Julissa Treviño, Smithsonian, 30 May 2018 Found in eastern Asia, bulbuls are known predators of stick insects in Japan. Julissa Treviño, Smithsonian, 30 May 2018 Take the saga of the Lord Howe Island stick insect. Matt Simon, WIRED, 21 May 2018 See More

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First Known Use of stick insect

1826, in the meaning defined above

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: a wingless long-legged insect that has a long body resembling a stick

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