Living With Seed Mimics

Eggs of Phasmids

Eggs of Phasmids
Photo: Drägüs

Stick insects live a life of deception, appearing to be something they are not, a stick. They remain motionless during the day when visual predators are active. Feeding occurs at night under cover of darkness. The eggs may also be deceptive. They mimic the appearance of seeds common in the environment. Ants collecting seeds to store in their nests will also collect stick insect eggs. In the ant nest, the eggs are protected from parasitoids, predators and adverse environment conditions. To attract ants, the eggs are not plain, dull and round but a variety of shapes and colors.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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3 Responses to Living With Seed Mimics

  1. S. Carter says:

    My family loved this blog. 🙂 The only stick insect we have seen was at Waubonsie State Park in Iowa many years ago.
    So, our question is; what keeps the ants from eating the eggs?

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