Water Stick Insect

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Water Stick Insect

Postby johnmcgaw on Sun Aug 31, 2008 5:26 pm

Hilary Ash and myself were recently checking the condition of a small educational pond on Bidston Moss, a reclaimed landfill site in the Wirral when we netted a specimen of the water stick insect (Ranatra linearis).

This impressive insect was initially hard to spot as it was motionless and well camouflaged among the weed debris in the white dish.
Full details of the record were entered into RODIS and a voucher photo taken.

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Re: Water Stick Insect

Postby scilover on Fri Nov 13, 2020 3:05 am

n comparison to many other insects, they have long legs. Their ability to capture prey is limited to the length of their raptorial forearms. In the southeastern United States, these insects are commonly referred to as water scorpions, although they are not true scorpions and possess no stinging capability.
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