Some things are just bigger in Texas

Now, I know there are people out there that will tell you everything is bigger in Texas, and in some cases it seems to be true. I never expected it to apply to what I saw a few days ago.

I was digging some holes along the west side of the house. OK, clarification needed…I was TRYING to dig some holes on the west side of the house. It is quite the challenge. For starters the ground turns to concrete when it is dry. Since we haven’t had any measurable rain in over six months, you can only imagine how hard it is. Then if you manage to get your shovel in the ground you will hit rock. So, like I said, I was TRYING to dig holes on the west side of the house. There are three rosemary bushes right in the area I was digging and they where getting in the way and they were in desperate need of a trim. I started trimming away. Throwing the dead bits and saving the good parts to dry and also put some sprigs in vases in the house.

Rosemary trimmings

I was on the last bush and had just set down my pile of clipping when I noticed something moving in the pile. Now, I am not scared of bugs (well, most bugs), but I must admit that I will flinch from time to time until I figure out what it is (picture something in my hair, stuck, moving OR in my shirt, stuck, moving – you get the picture.) Once I figure out what it is, I am usually fine (but I still want it out of my hair!)

This is what I see…

One BIG male walking stick

One Female walking stick

I could not believe how big the male was. After I came to grips with this huge creature – who by they way was charging me (and I was taking a step backward) I put my hand up to him to get his size. He was almost the length of my entire palm and fingers. He was about 6-7″.  He was very active and on the move while his mate sat there very still and unmoving. She was 1/2 of his size.  I escorted the pair to another area (where I wasn’t working) and bid them adieu.

I still can’t believe how big the male was. For that matter the female too. These were nothing like the little walking sticks we used to find walking in the woods in Minnesota or Wisconsin. Those walking sticks were the length of my pinky and skinny too. I guess they do grow them big in Texas.

I searched on line to see if I could find some photos of Texas walking sticks. What I did find didn’t look anything like what I encountered.

Sincerely, Emily

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6 Responses to Some things are just bigger in Texas

  1. Jane says:

    That is one neat little bug. The only problem is you might not see it and squish the poor thing. I would imagine it is a good bug, probably eats other bad things?

    • It is a rather interesting bug. What I read in my Texas Bug Book is that their economic importance “usually is not significant but can reproduce rapidly to cause sever plant damage.” I think they have more visual interest than any beneficial affect.

  2. Zonnah says:

    I love how you wrote the story it made me chuckle 🙂 The only walking sticks I have ever seen have been as pets in schools. They are usually about the size of my palm. So I can imagine how huge it must have been.

  3. Ho boy! Don’t like big bugs, not when they surprise me anyway. That is a lovely bunch of rosemary.


    • Yes, it is the element of surprise that gets me when I don’t expect a large bug. Then I am fine (usually!) This guy created a lot of movement in my pile of rosemary.

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