Estimated Wild Population
Northern walkingsticks are wingless insects with a cylindrical, elongated body and a small, square-shaped head supporting long antennae. They can reach up to three and a half inches in length. Males are brown and females are green. Both sexes feed on tree and shrubbery foliage, with a preference for oak and hazelnut trees. Before winter, females drop their eggs, one at a time, onto the forest floor. Newborns hatch in the spring and receive no parental care.
Interesting Fact 1
Northern walking sticks molt five times while developing into maturity.
Interesting Fact 2
They hide from predators by remaining motionless with their legs tucked close to their body.
Interesting Fact 3
They can regenerate lost limbs.
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Wildlife face many daunting challenges—some global, like planet-wide climate change, and some that affect individuals, like an animal ingesting plastic—but now is not the time to despair. None of these problems are too big for us to come together and solve.