Poorly Camouflaged Insects Bring Cascade of Effects to Local Ecosystems

October 21, 2013 9:26 PM

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We've all heard of the butterfly effect -- where one small act leads to a chain of events that effects a much larger sphere -- but new research suggests there might also be a walking stick insect effect, or at least something like it, at play in ecosystems in California.

Researchers have documented a type of walking stick insect that has evolved to give birth to two distinct types of young -- one that camouflages well within all-green surroundings and one that bares a white stripe down its back and tends to blend in best with needle-like leaves.

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