Filmed on 25th November 2011 in Camborne
My wife arrived home from shopping and almost stood on this Stick Insect on our doorstep.
As its name suggests, the stick insect resembles the twigs among which it lives, providing it with one of the most efficient natural camouflages on Earth. It and the equally inconspicuous leaf insect comprise the Phasmida order, of which there are approximately 3,000 species.
Stick insect species, often called walking sticks, range in size from the tiny, half-inch-long (11.6-millimeter-long) Timema cristinae of North America, to the formidable 13-inch-long (328-millimeter-long) Phobaeticus kirbyi of Borneo. This giant measures over 21 inches (55 centimeters) with its legs outstretched, making it one of the world's longest insects. Females are normally larger than males.
Phasmids generally mimic their surroundings in color, normally green or brown, although some species are brilliantly colored and others conspicuously striped. Many stick insects have wings, some spectacularly beautiful, while others resemble little more than a stump. A number of species have spines and tubercles on their bodies.
Found predominantly in the tropics and subtropics—although several species live in temperate regions—stick insects thrive in forests and grasslands, where they feed on leaves. Mainly nocturnal creatures, they spend much of their day motionless, hidden under plants.
Many stick insects feign death to thwart predators, and some will shed the occasional limb to escape an enemy's grasp. Others swipe at predators with their spine-covered legs, while one North American species, Anisomorpha buprestoides, emits a putrid-smelling fluid..
Cornwalls Mines and Engine Houses DVD £7.99
A beautifully filmed DVD with a wonderful narrative telling tales of Cornish Mines and Engine Houses.
Standing like beacons on the horizon, Cornwalls iconic engine houses are reminders of bygone days when cornishmen led the world in mining expertise.
Featuring the following mines and engine houses....
Ding Dong Mine
Dolcoath Mine ( Harrietts Shaft Engine House )
East Pool Mine featuring Mitchells Shaft Engine House and Taylors Shaft Engine House
East Wheal Rose ( Now lappa Valley Steam Railway )
Geevor Tin Mine
King Edward Mine
South Wheal Frances Mine and Pascoes Shaft Engine Houses
South Crofty Mine and Robinsons Shaft
Tregurtha Downs Mine
Wheal Coates Mine and Towanroath Engine House
Wheal Grenville Engine Houses
Wheal Peevor Engine Houses
Wheal Prospor Engine House
Brand New and Sealed DVD
Running Time 53 Minutes
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