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  • Prairie Walkingstick - (Diapheromera velii)

    Prairie Walkingstick - (Diapheromera velii)

    The grasses and plants found in sprawling prairies are a familiar and welcome food source for the Prairie Walkingstick.

    Staff Writer (1/24/2017): Prairie Walkingsticks vary in color and size. Females are more green and long, while males are more brown and short. Neither sex can fly and their legs are not built for jumping, though they can drop themselves to the ground as a defensive maneuver. They may also produce chemicals that taste bad to predators. Add in perfect camouflage and they seem to amply compensate for their immobility.

    Prairie Walkingsticks are herbivores, nibbling on the leaves of shrubs and plants for nutrition. They prefer native plants like Big Bluestem and other prairie staples. They may remain still all day and slowly graze at night. Females lay fertilized eggs as they feed. These eggs overwinter and hatch in the spring.

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    Prairie Walkingstick

    Category: Walkingstick or Timema
    Common name: Prairie Walkingstick
    Scientific Name: Diapheromera velii

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Embioptera
          Family: Diapheromeridae
           Genus: Diapheromera
            Species: velii

    Size (Adult, Length): 40mm to 85mm (1.57in to 3.35in)

    Identifying Colors: brown, green

    Additional Descriptors: slow, twig

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Colorado; Iowa; Kansas; Louisiana; Minnesota; Nebraska; New Mexico; Oklahoma; South Dakota; Texas ; Mexico

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