More amazing photos (but alas, not from any of my cameras). Can you guess what this is? HINT: it’s not some kind of coffee bean or seed. I found it at Alex Wild’s blog this week.
Keep reading for some more hints and photos.
This is the original mystery photo (from Alex Wild’s blog). Here we see where the object originates. Alex is a biologist at the University of Illinois, where he studies the evolutionary history of various groups of insects.
This is a photo answer and Alex’s solution of the mystery:
[This is] a stick insect laying an egg. The species is the Northern Walking Stick Diapheromera femorata, a common local insect [see here for full range] easily collected by beating tree branches. Weve taken a few home as pets, and the females are obligingly dropping several eggs a day.
Apparently some people think they make ideal pets. See here.