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The Walking Leaf

August 21, 2008 - Paul Giannamore

So, if my motto of "You learn something new every day or else you might as well be dead" is true, then I can say I get to live another day.

Thanks to a little help from my friends in the newsroom and some looking around by Photographer Christina Kelley, I now know what that bug was I saw the other night.

I had what I believe to be my first encounter with a walking leaf.

Apparently I'm the only 40-something in the Ohio Valley who never saw one.

I've seen walking sticks. I used to love the praying mantises that showed up on my pole bean plants back when I planted those every year. My beans were great because the mantises (mantii?) apparently ate anything that would have bothered my beans. And they're cool to watch, too.

But I'd never seen a walking leaf until I went to unlock the door to the driver 's ed classroom the other night. There was this little bright-green leaf walking up my shoe. Huh? What the heck is that?

The walking leaf.

Apparently they're really popular south of the equator, but we've got them around these parts. And they're becoming popular, along with walking sticks, as pets.

So, there.

Glad I didn't step on it.


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