A long, slender, slow-moving insect that resembles a twig. Many species appear to lack males and the females lay fertile eggs without mating.
- Family Phasmatidae, order Phasmida: many genera.
- It is the size of a paper clip and is described as a cross between a stick insect and a praying mantis.
- A case of mistaken identity has meant that for at least 100 years, South Africa's longest insect species, a giant stick insect remained unknown and unnamed.
- The creatures look part stick insect, part mantis, with a touch of grasshopper.
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