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Stick Insect?

Observed: 21st May 2010 By: devilnin
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Description:

I founnd this insect on some very dry soil in my garden, it was scurrying very quickly across the ground. I cannot find out what it is and I am very confused. It is like a stick insect almost but much smaller measuring about 1.5 cm long! It is black and the body shape is like the one of a stick insect. It is a very warm day today. The photo is not very good but it was the best I could do, Please help!

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rob's picture

i thought the water measurer

i thought the water measurer does not have a long breathing tube but in this photo this insect has one

rob

Rose's picture

info on the Water measurer –

info on the Water measurer – (Hydrometra stagnorum). It says It walks quite slowly on the surface of still and slow-moving water must have been in a rush to get back to some water in this hot weather maybe.
http://www.plantpress.com/wildlife/o140-watermeasurer.php

There are no native stick insects in the UK, however, three species have become successfully established in Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
http://www.buglife.org.uk/discoverbugs/bugofthemonth/stickinsects

Rose

devilnin's picture

Hi

Hi, thanks for the info! I am going to visit the sites you have put on there too.

Thanks,

Devilnin

devilnin's picture

water measurer

Hi,

I have just looked in my insects and book and finnally found an insect wich looks like a water masurer, I beleive it is one too! This is also because when I released it, it could flowt on the marshy pond we ahve at th back of the garden as well as a pond skater!

Thanks!

John Bratton's picture

I can see the line you mean,

I can see the line you mean, but I don't think it is part of the insect. Certainly not a breathing tube, and it is certainly Hydrometra.