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Observe Stick Insects

Stick insects can be tricky to see, even when they're right in front of your nose. Here are some tips for spotting one.

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Participant Age: 7 to 12, Under 7
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Duration: 1 to 60 minutes
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Search Their Favorite Hang-Outs

Try peering carefully at trees, shrubs, or even buildings.

Handle with Care

If you do find one, treat it gently. (Stick insects are very delicate.) Put a finger in front of it, and it may walk onto your hand. Don't worry, these insects don't bite or sting. But do watch out, because a few kinds can squirt out a smelly (but harmless) liquid when threatened.

Trick a Friend

After you've watched your stick insect for a while, put it back on a branch. Then ask someone else to try to spot it. See if your new stick friend is tricky enough to hide in plain sight!


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