One of the best ways to avoid being eaten by another critter is camouflage. Insects called walkingsticks are master of this since they resemble twigs and blend seamlessly into their environment. They can be largish with some reaching lengths of 5 or 6 inches. Although they chew on leaves, they rare cause serious damage.

The females lay their eggs while perched in a tree so they fall to the ground and lie in the leaf litter. The following spring, they hatch and head to the trees. They produce only one generation per year.

Note: We have provided some general information and observations on this topic aimed at the home gardener. Before you take any serious action in your landscape, check with your state's land grant university's Cooperative Extension Service for the most current, appropriate, localized recommendations.

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