PHOTO OF THE DAY: The strange insect

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PHOTO OF THE DAY: The strange insect


Camilus Laurencin thought he was looking at a stick until ….. This is what he reported:

“Here is a weird animal I saw in Anse La Raye. I don’t know its name. When I saw it I thought it was a stick but then I saw it begin to move. No one could tell me its name.”

Well, St. Lucia News Online did it’s own research and in quick time, this is what we discovered all over the web including Wikipedia: “The Phasmatodea (sometimes called Phasmida or Phasmatoptera) are an order of insects, whose members are variously known as stick insects (in Europe and Australasia), walking sticks or stick-bugs (in the United States and Canada), phasmids, ghost insects and leaf insects (generally the family Phylliidae).

“The ordinal name is derived from the Ancient Greek φάσμα phasma, meaning an apparition or phantom, and refers to the resemblance of many species to sticks or leaves. Their natural camouflage can make them extremely difficult to spot. Phasmatodea can be found all over the world in warmer zones, especially the tropics and subtropics. The greatest diversity is found in Southeast Asia and South America, followed by Australia. Phasmids also have a considerable presence in the continental United States, mainly in the Southeast. ”

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  1. Am 28 years now. Got bitten on my eye by one at the age of 4. I know it as the walking stick. And it bites really hard. I hate them. Before u got mostly green ones but now you see more brown ones. And more ugly ones. I hate them.

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  2. THAT'S WHAT YOU CALL A CHUVAL BOIS= WOODEN HORSE.
    THERE WERE MANY WHEN I WAS GROWING UP.THEY COME IN GREEN TOO,AND VERY LIGHT BROWN LIKE KAKHI COLOURED

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  3. Get in touch with nature, In St. Lucia we say chouval bwa or chouval bon dieu. Simply ask your grand-parents or the elders in your community.

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  4. I have been seeing this all the time used to catch them when I was younger it's called chouvalle bois or chouvalle bon dieu in creole and common name is stick insect.

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  5. I can remember seeing this creature for the 1st time over 30 years ago, my grandmother called it God's horse (in creole).

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