Water Stick Insect

Name: Water Stick Insect

Scientific name: Ranatra linearis

Category: Minibeasts

Nature Stars: 70

What are nature stars?

About: An underwater predator and a relative of the Water Scorpion, the Water Stick Insect hides amongst reeds and stems in the water where it waits camoufalged to ambush its prey, including tadpoles and small fish. Adults are about 5cm long, including the long thin 'tail' which is actually used to breathe through.

How to identify: Unmistakeable.

Where: Southern and central Britain.

Natural Superpowers

  • Predator: 80
  • Agility: 70
  • Rarity: 60
  • Cute factor: 20
  • Traveller: 30

Fantastic fact: During hot summer days, adult water stick insects often leave the pond to hunt in emergent vegetation, or will fly to a new pond.

Photograph credit: Jack Perks

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