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Lunch 152

By SimonFletch  
Greetings everyone and thank you for your votes and comments on 'Lunch 151 - The White-bellied Busatard'.

Ooops, seemingly I am not 'the flavour of the week' with Carol again "It's a bit of bustard eating all my little insects " - it doesn't eat the pretty ones, like yours, Carol Wink Tongue At least Nezih had some admiration "He must be so quick to be able to get those tiny insects or flies", even if it was a female, but never mind, the males are just as quick. What's this, from Mick "Dunno how she has got so fat .... eating these tiny insects. You make no mention of her mating habits, so perhaps this may be the reason " - and "Big bugger aint 'e ", from Ron - most unkind, both of you - and you'll see what happens, when eating tiny insects and too much 'mating' is partaken - below Wink

Today's 'Lunch'
Well folks, as you possibly know, I don't 'do' requests, but Lynne set me thinking, when she said "I must say that I am surprised at your not featuring the Kenyan Stick Insect, complete with graphic details of it's reproductive habits, in response to Mick's post. "

The old brain cells cleared of fog and it all came back to me. The first time I saw a Stick Insect was when we stayed with Kuki Gallman, on her ranch "Ol Ari Nyiro". Larger than London and full of interesting wildlife, it is situated up in Laikipia, central Kenya. Kuki wrote a heart-wrenching, true-life best-seller "I dreamed of Africa", later turned into a film, starring Kim Basinger. Anyway, I diverse. In our room, was one of Kuki's "social bugs", a Stick Insect. It was but a small specimen and we found it chasing tiny insects - in the first image, you can clearly see one and there's another, hidden under its 'tentacle', ready for Lunch. Nothing "out of shot " here, folks..! It was a little disconcerting, because we found it beside the bathroom, while having a shower and it seemed to keep casting a glance....

There's a variety of other images, too, of a very large Stick Insect, at least two hands long, who we found in a forest area in Zanzibar - the "Spice Island" and infamous for slavery in years gone by. This was a real Daddy of a Stick Insect (Richard Headii - its scientific name explained in the cropped close-up). When we first saw it, it was in a complacent mood, seeming to just look around, wondering where the hell it was, probably having drunk several pints of Guinness the night before Wink

Incredibly, it suddenly lept to life - I am guessing instinct jumped in - or should that be 'Insect jumped in', because it slipped between the forks on the end of the stick it was standing on, opened its wings and they were pushing down, thrusting upwards - then its legs joined in, pushing down, thrusting upwards, it was working at a frantic rate - until, suddenly, it relaxed.... "oh bugger, it's a real stick", running through its head.

We placed it on a fern leaf, its 6 legs trembling in opposite directions. Slowly, it quietened. Eventually, it flew. Can we all Please say a little prayer, that Richard Headii finally finds a Stick Insect to fall in love with, instead of a Stick.. Wink Smile Grin Tongue Blush

Have a wonderful break from all this nonesense everyone, I am off to Spain for a couple of weeks Grin


Tags: Stick Insect Lunch Eating Kenya Zanzibar Mating Stick insect Wildlife and nature Ol Ari Nyiro

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jaktis Plus
17 84 Sweden
27 Jun 2014 5:26AM
I love these kind of insect that looks so peculiar

Andysnapper 13 109 25 England
27 Jun 2014 6:28AM
Quite remarkable, the photos, the story and the insects, isn't nature wonderful.

Have a good hols Simon.

cats_123 Plus
17 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
27 Jun 2014 6:54AM
We make so many mistakes when we try mating for the first time!!!!!!! WinkGrinGrinGrin
Ted447 Plus
8 216 1 United Kingdom
27 Jun 2014 7:17AM
Nice set of images what an unusual creature. Ted. GrinGrin
Stunning set Simon,5 great pics thanks for sharing as i have never seen one before.

LynneJoyce Plus
13 22 101 United Kingdom
27 Jun 2014 7:38AM

Quote:We make so many mistakes when we try mating for the first time!!!!!!! WinkGrinGrinGrin

Soooooooo true, and we should all be forgiven for that. Well done you for helping the unfortunate stick insect recover its dignity on the fern leaf!

Five fascinating photos.
27 Jun 2014 7:44AM
Excellent images and narrative Simon, enjoy your break,
Bantu 7 7 1 India
27 Jun 2014 8:10AM
Very fine close up,good change in line of capture.

viscostatic 14 50 11 United Kingdom
27 Jun 2014 8:13AM
I suppose there are times when looking like a stick has its problems. I never though of these things as having wings before and I didn't know they were carnivores. So I learn as well as enjoying these amazing photographs Simon. Have a great holiday in Spain.

27 Jun 2014 8:27AM
Fantastic set. V4 great shot. Looks like Mick 's stick too.
Love all of them Simon really good focus and so clear.
Patty Smile
nonur 12 18 13 Turkey
27 Jun 2014 8:33AM
A marvel of nature, a set of incredibly interesting perfect shots, Simon. My favourites are V2, 3, and 4.
Hope you have a great time in Spain!
JuBarney Plus
10 33 5 United Kingdom
27 Jun 2014 10:38AM
A splendid set of this amazing creature.
Hope you enjoy Spain,
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
27 Jun 2014 12:23PM
AMAZING Beastie! Love the wings the jurasic look and the way it blends with the twigs...
10 out of 10 from me Simon! Grin
27 Jun 2014 1:50PM
How fabulous! A wonderful set Simon. V4 for me GrinGrin

ukgubbi 9 5 India
27 Jun 2014 4:16PM
This is incredible. It is a living being. Great shots. Superbly captured.
Maiwand 14 3 73 England
27 Jun 2014 6:45PM
Remarkable image and even better narrative Simon. Superb.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
mikbee 14 3 8 Scotland
27 Jun 2014 6:58PM
An interesting set here Simon.
Enjoy your trip to Spain.
But I know full well you are going for some Spanish Fly !!
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 775 England
27 Jun 2014 8:41PM
I like V5 for the contrast in shapes.
Have a good trip.

27 Jun 2014 11:24PM
Wow Simon. Great shots. Have a lovely holiday. Cathy
ChiliMan 14 135 17 Singapore
28 Jun 2014 2:17AM GrinGrinGrin

Thanks for that before buggering off to Spain WinkGrin

Gosh...poor stick insect. Screwed by his own awesome camouflage. Or should I say unscrewed.

Speaking of awesome camouflage, that is absolutely incredible in Vs 2-4!! Wowww.

Amazing shots all round here, Simon.

Have a great time in Spain!

bobsblues 11 10 2 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2014 7:13AM
Wow Simon what a super set have a great time in spain old chap .
RonnieAG Plus
11 154 119 Scotland
29 Jun 2014 7:02AM
Perhaps V 4 is my favourite with the wings showing: such an extraordinary group of insects, and so often I guess well disguised from predators, but not your hungry lens yn this case. Unfortunately my eyesight is no longer acute enough to appreciate the finer detail such as the smaller lunch insects mentioned in V 1.
29 Jun 2014 7:09AM
Stunning set of captures, Simon.

JohnoP 15 2
29 Jun 2014 10:47PM
Another fine set Simon! No wonder you need a holiday in Spain after all that writing! Smile John
9 3 8 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2014 11:35AM
Great images but V2 is my fav, it shows what it does bestWinkGrin
ali63 9 791 1 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2014 3:29PM
Great set, have a good holiday,

Ali GrinGrin
2 Jul 2014 9:11PM
Five stunning captures, Simon, of this amazing insect!!
8 Jul 2014 10:57PM
5 Remarkable images Simon
V2 for me for the camouflage, well spotted & captured

Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
15 Jul 2014 7:12PM
A fascinating set of natural history images Simon and a most entertaining narrative to accompany them.
Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
3 Aug 2014 12:52AM
Off to Spain for a couple of weeks eh Simon, you have been gone for over a month now! Perhaps we should send out a search party led by Lynne Joyce to bring you safely home! Perhaps you have jumped ship and have joined Alex Appleby on one of the other photosites whose names can't be mentioned on here!!!WinkGrinTongue
JohnoP 15 2
4 Aug 2014 11:00AM
Featured e2 Photo! Smile
gajewski 16 10 9 United States
30 Jan 2015 6:58PM
A wonderful series of close up shots.

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