Rare view of Stick Insects mating on shade fabric, Farmerville, Louisiana, USA.

Rare view of Stick Insects mating on shade fabric, Farmerville, Louisiana, USA. Panasonic Lumix FZ48, Macro Setting. C. Paxton photo

Ever since a school boy I’ve liked Phasmids, or Stick Insects as they’re called in the UK. Here in Louisiana they are called ‘Walking Sticks’. Seeing a male stick insect is a rarity. To discover a pair mating today was a delightful surprise, as I believe males are so rare that they commonly reproduce by parthenogenesis.