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).