From being born in eggs that resemble seeds, to spending its nymph stage disguised as an ant, to mimicking a leaf swaying within the breeze in its ultimate, grownup type, the Australian strolling stick (Extatosoma tiaratum) spends its complete life undercover, though, mockingly, by no means as a stick. A part of KQED’s science documentary sequence Deep Look, this brief video traces the developmental phases within the lifetime of this huge species of supermodel endemic to Australia, to indicate how every of its disguises gives the shape-shifting creature with a singular evolutionary profit.
Video by KQED Science
Producer and Author: Mike Seely
Narrator and Author: Laura Klivans
Cinematographers: Jordan Dean, Josh Cassidy