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  • Northern Walkingstick - (Diapheromera femorata)

    Northern Walkingstick - (Diapheromera femorata)

    The fragile and gentle Northern Walkingstick is a harmless insect that makes a big impact.

    Staff Writer (10/20/2014): 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.

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    Northern Walkingstick

    Category: Walkingstick or Timema
    Common name: Northern Walkingstick
    Scientific Name: Diapheromera femorata
    Other Names: Walkingstick

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Phasmatodea
          Family: Phasmidae
           Genus: Diapheromera
            Species: femorata

    Size (Adult, Length): 70mm to 95mm (2.76in to 3.74in)

    Identifying Colors: green; brown

    Additional Descriptors: slow, stick, twig

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan; Mexico

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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