There are over 3000 described species of stick insects, so I’m not even going to try to find out which one this is. If it helps, he (or she) lives in Phuket, Thailand. I found him sitting upside down on the lower surface of a glass top table on our balcony. I brushed him gently and jumped to the ground and then to the edge of the balcony. He allowed me just enough time to grab the camera and shoot four frames. Then without a care in the world, he jumped over the edge. I think his landing was softer than mine would be if I tried it!

Canon EOS 40D with Canon 28-70mm f2.8 lens at 57mm ISO400 1/640 f10

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Uploaded 6 Feb 2011
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Living for partly in Italy, partly in Phuket and partly in other locations around the world – Hong Kong & Kenya when I can – I spend a lot of time photographing anything and everything. I particularly enjoy the challenge of capturing shots of wildlife large and small – from elephants to insects. A wider selection of my work can be seen on my website at

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    JUSTARTover 3 years ago

    nice shot

  • Many thanks, Sylvia:))

    – David Clarke

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 3 years ago

    I love how you have his shadow in the shot, well done !
    They are fascinating creatures aren’t they :)

  • Thanks very much, Trish. They are incredible, so spindly and fragile, but pretty successful.

    – David Clarke

  • John44
    John44over 3 years ago

    No much words needed…GREAT JOB Don Davide!


  • Molto grazie, Maestro Giovanni!!

    – David Clarke

  • lcretyi
    lcretyiover 3 years ago

    Absolutely an Incredible capture! Perfect…laura

  • Thanks so much, Laura:))

    – David Clarke

  • John44
    John44over 3 years ago

    Used to have them in a little Terrarium , when at basic school 8-9 years old..
    (With 12 I started to look to Girls.. however could not hold them in my Terrarium)
    The live on this climbing plant called Ivy and the local Catholic Church walls where covered with it.. So .. you might say I robbed the Church ..i.e. My insects prayed on the Church best..
    (curious if I weill ever see Heaven ..)

  • Grazie mille, Maestro G! I think this one was a girl and certainly not running the risk of being captured. She was very coy indeed, just four shots and she was gone. Mind you she might have been heading off to the Bar Terrarium downtown where they have lots of stick insects gyrating…
    Thanks for the fave!!

    – David Clarke

  • Jean Gregory  Evans
    Jean Gregory ...over 3 years ago

    Wonderful shot! The only time I got close enough to one that I could actually see and had time to get my camera just suddenly let go of his hold on the screen door and just floated away on the breeze. I got no frames at all. Still, it was an amazing thing to see. Your photo is brilliant!

  • Thanks so much, Jean, and thanks too for the fave. This fellow didn’t give me much time either – I think I woke him up when I moved him, so fortunately for me, he didn’t disappear immediately!

    – David Clarke

  • Poete100
    Poete100over 3 years ago

    I haven’t seen one of those in a long time…they are so interesting!!! L

  • Many thanks, Lorraine:))

    – David Clarke

  • kseniako
    kseniakoover 3 years ago

    Delicate insect. Beautiful!

  • Many thanks, Ksenia, and thanks also for the fave:))

    – David Clarke

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