British naturalised stick-insects

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Three Unarmed Stick-insects found in the garden at the weekend were our first records of the year in our garden in Falmouth. They were all about 30mm in length with one found on a Carnation and the other two on a winter flowering heather, Winter Heath.

We understand from Malcolm Lee of the Phasmid study group that these are the second records of nymphs this year. However, there have been 22 records of overwintering adults as a result of the very mild winter. We also understand that the emerging nymphs are about a month earlier than normal.

Many thanks to Malcolm Lee for his help.

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