stick insect

noun

Definition of stick insect 

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

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But scientists in Japan noticed that despite their camouflage, stick insects became bird food quite frequently. Joanna Klein, New York Times, "Stick Insects Are Easy Bird Food, and That Might Help Them Reproduce," 5 June 2018 As Kaplan reports, plant seeds and stick insect eggs have some conspicuous similarities. Julissa Treviño, Smithsonian, "Do Mama Stick Insects Get Eaten to Transport Their Eggs?," 30 May 2018 Found in eastern Asia, bulbuls are known predators of stick insects in Japan. Julissa Treviño, Smithsonian, "Do Mama Stick Insects Get Eaten to Transport Their Eggs?," 30 May 2018 Take the saga of the Lord Howe Island stick insect. Matt Simon, WIRED, "The 6-Foot Chinese Giant Salamander Is in Serious Trouble," 21 May 2018 The ultimate goal is to reintroduce the stick insect to Lord Howe Island, but the rats must be eradicated first. Ralph Steadman, Discover Magazine, "Where the Wild Things Aren't," 1 Mar. 2018 In 2001, a scientific research team visited the rock and ascertained that the Lord Howe Island stick insect really was alive. Ralph Steadman, Discover Magazine, "Where the Wild Things Aren't," 1 Mar. 2018 But after a ship accidentally introduced black rats to the island about a century ago, the stick insects disappeared, only to be found 40 years later on a nearby volcanic sea stack. Giorgia Guglielmi, Science | AAAS, "Top stories: Science Nobels, a giant insect back from the dead, and how Neandertal DNA makes you fat," 6 Oct. 2017 But these critters didn't look like old stick insect museum specimens, leaving scientists wondering. Giorgia Guglielmi, Science | AAAS, "Top stories: Science Nobels, a giant insect back from the dead, and how Neandertal DNA makes you fat," 6 Oct. 2017

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1826, in the meaning defined above

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stick insect

noun

English Language Learners Definition of stick insect

: an insect with a long, thin body that looks like a stick

stick insect

noun

Kids Definition of stick insect

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

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