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.