One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A stick insect of the eastern Australian coast, which is one of the world's longest insects at up to 25 cm.
Acrophylla titan, family Phasmatidae, order Phasmida
- ‘The extraordinary forms of these insects are denominated walking leaves, walking sticks, walking straws, and animated sticks, from the striking similarity which they bear to such vegetable substances.’
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