I'm kind of bummed that I didn't have my "macro" filters with me that day, or I could have gotten even closer shots of these creatures.
This is the type of insect that both creeps me out and fascinates me at the same time. I mean, look at the coloring on these two - so very... stick-like! Hey, what's going on in the back there, in the out-of-focus part of the picture?
This probably gives you a better idea.
Get a room, you two!
I'm not even going to attempt to identify what species of Walking Stick this is, but I can at least say with confidence that the female is the larger of the two. I'm intrigued by the difference in coloring between the two of them, and it almost makes me wonder if we're looking at two different species here. Of course, that is sheer speculation!
We left these two alone after examining them for a few minutes, not wanting to disturb them too much. Turns out, though, that mating between two walking sticks may last for hours, days, or even weeks, depending on the species. Yikes!