This little insect was walking on the outside of my garage, the lowest few inches of the exterior wall, on the West side of Santa Cruz. My friend and I picked it up and checked it out. I'm not sure what kind of walking stick it is (Indian?), and it's the only time I've seen one in the wild. How exciting! I didn't know until just now that they are ecological pests in their non-native habitats. (This makes perfect sense to me.)
Photo scanned from 35mm slide.
Found in rocky intertidal. 8mm length. Found by Brenna Green.
Found in sandy intertidal.
Taken in otter trawl in Monterey Bay, CA, in Jun 1982. Photo scanned from 35mm slide.
Always strange for me to see this north of Monterrey Bay, but Donna said she's seen them in abundance sometimes off Pillar Point, Half Moon Bay. Many years ago I saw one off Land's End in SF County - a place they were hunted 100 years ago into extirpation.