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Stick Insect?

Observed: 21st May 2010 By: devilnin
Intresting Insect.jpg

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


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.

There are no native stick insects in the UK, however, three species have become successfully established in Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly


devilnin's picture


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



devilnin's picture

water measurer


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!


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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.