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Friday Fact - Stick Insect Eggs

By July 23, 2010

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Stick insect eggs resemble seeds scattered about the forest floor. Stick insect mothers aren't the most maternal of insects. They typically drop eggs randomly on the forest floor, leaving the youngsters to whatever fate befalls them. Don't be so quick to judge mama stick insect, though. By spreading her eggs out, she lessens the chance that a predator will find all her offspring and eat them. Her eggs resemble seeds, so carnivorous predators will be less likely to take a closer look.

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August 1, 2010 at 3:00 pm
(1) Mike says:

Interesting!

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