Watch Episode These Stick Insects Are Three Times Weirder Than You Think S9 E1 / 4m 59s The Australian walking stick is a master of deception, but a twig is just one of its many disguises. Before it’s even born, it mimics a seed. In its youth it looks and acts like an ant. Only when it has grown up does it settle into its final, leafy form. Along the way, it fools predators at every turn.