Northern Walkingstick (Diapheromera femorata)
Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Northern Walkingstick.
Updated: 10/20/2014; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
The fragile and gentle Northern Walkingstick is a harmless insect that makes a big impact.
Northern Walkingsticks are a child's favorite type of bug, if they chose to be brave enough to handle the insect. Northern Walkingsticks are unique in their chameleon-like design and are completely harmless to the handler. They are vegetarians, feeding on the deciduous foliage of local trees and shrubs.
Northern Walkingsticks vary in size between the sexes. Males are usually smaller than females. Visually, the Walkingstick resembles a small branch, a suitable disguise for avoiding woodland predators and equally useful for sneaking up on and capturing prey. Males will usually take on a more brown color whereas the female may appear to be a more greenish brown. Antennae are common on both sexes and are about two-thirds the size of the overall body.
Northern Walkingstick females will lay their eggs on the ground before the coming winter, where nymphs will hatch and climb up nearby vegetation to feed. Walkingstick females lay one egg at a time.