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Staffie & Stickie: My Sidekicks · Westcountry Wildling
My Sidekicks

Stickie

Darcey sadly passed away late 2017 after completing her full life cycle. She bought a smile to my face every day that she was with me, so I’ve decided to keep the following up in her memory because I’m that kind of person. ❤️

Darcey joined my little clan when she landed on my mum’s arm missing a leg (something not uncommon for stick insects).  I don’t know why she was called Darcey and I’m still not sure where the name came from, it just popped into my head and made me smile almost as much as she did. Like many of the names of wildlife that regularly visits the garden, it came out of nowhere and stuck.

She was an unarmed stick insect (acanthoxyla inermis). Due to the swaying motion she made, something that is thought to help them see as well as better sell their camouflage by mimicking the wind, I often referred to her as Darcey Dancer. After approx 5 moults (I may well have missed some) since her joining me, she reached maturity and began laying eggs (this particular species doesn’t need no man). I found hilarious to witness as she literally shot them out, letting them ricochet into the air before falling to the bottom of her cage. I have kept hold of her eggs, but none have hatched yet (although they may still do as it can take months).

Many people don’t know this, but the southwest of England has a thriving population of walking sticks. You can read more about them here!

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