The slow-moving, wingless Southern Two-striped Walkingstick has little to defend itself with apart from camouflage... and a nasty little irritant that could temporary blind a predator or person.
Like most walkingsticks, the Southern Two-striped Walkingstick is long and slender. It looks more like a dark stick or branch, and is usually found clinging onto or walking on plants. Two long stripes or lines run down the back from head to rear. Some individuals are black with yellow stripes. Others are brown with tan stripes. A small population are dark with orange stripes. In addition to its savvy camouflage, this species of walkingstick also uses a milky chemical spray to defend itself when threatened. It is smelly, and noxious enough to irritate even humans. If hit in the eyes with this secretion, temporary blindness could result.
This herbivore eats the leaves of plants and can be found walking or resting on trees, shrubs, and tall grasses. It may also be observed traversing on the ground in woodlands, fields, and forests. Males are much shorter and thinner than females. They are often spied catching a ride on a female's back. Males may stay with one female for most of its life and mate with her.
Scientific Name: Anisomorpha buprestoides
Other Name(s): Two-striped Walkingstick, Devil Rider
Walkingstick or Timema
Size (Adult; Length): 39mm to 78mm (1.52in to 3.04in)
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