What makes a nine year old’s summer complete?

October 2009

Zach had heard there were stick insects in the area.  He saw in a field guide that we were within their range, and then spoke to several locals who have seen them. Zach has eagerly anticipated finding some, or at least one, and recently lamented that summer is almost over and he has not seen a stick insect before winter settled in and then we move.  What he didn’t know is that some of his closest buddies have them all over their place.  I guess they have been too busy talking about Star Wars.  So a couple weekends ago they found one and while Zach was running out of the trees to show it to his dad, he pulled a second one out of his hair.  So here they are….. one male (above) and one much larger female (below) of the Northern Stick Insect (diapheromera femorata). 

October 2009

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6 Responses to What makes a nine year old’s summer complete?

  1. Joanna says:

    those are SO COOL!!! A tiny bit creepy though!! Send my hugs and love to the kiddo’s 🙂

  2. rhondablogs says:

    i had no idea there were stick insects in north america! we have them here and sometimes i see a lot and then it will be months before i see one again.

  3. Donna says:

    A trip to mpl and you know it

    • Angela says:

      It is SO true, Donna. I was only speaking specifically of this summer when we didn’t have that option. You would not believe the number of times he brings up MPL and your kids, and then says something like, “Oh, I wish I never even thought of that because now all I can think of is that I really want to go there. I can’t get it out of my mind.” And I keep promising that this was the last summer we’ll ever miss!

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