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stick insects

stick insects mating

Stick insects mating IMG 4222 - These strange insects look remarkably like twigs that might have fallen from the trees in which they live. These two are in the process of mating, and unlike some other species of wildlife, the male is always considerably smaller than the female. Stick insects may not look particularly attractive, but they are winged insects, and when they unfold their large wings that, in this image, are folded and concealed along their slender bodies, they are transformed into creatures of unexpected beauty.

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