The fragile and gentle Northern Walkingstick is a harmless insect that is more often overlooked than discovered.
Northern Walkingsticks are a child's favorite type of bug. They are large and utterly unique in their chameleon-like physiology. The Northern Walkingstick resembles a small woody branch, an ideal disguise for avoiding predators hunting in the woods.
Northern Walkingsticks differ in size between the sexes. Males are usually smaller than females. Males usually have 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 lay their eggs, one at a time, on the ground before winter. There, young nymphs will hatch and climb up nearby vegetation to feed.
This species is cannot fly and moves very slowly, making it a great insect to use for introducing children to the world of bugs. The body and legs can be fragile, so they require a calm, gentle handler that will not drop them. Walkingsticks are vegetarians, feeding on the deciduous foliage of local trees and shrubs.
Scientific Name: Diapheromera femorata
Other Name(s): Walkingstick
Walkingstick or Timema
Size (Adult; Length): 70mm to 95mm (2.73in to 3.71in)
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