The slow-moving, wingless Two-Striped Walkingstick has little to defend itself with apart from camouflage... and a nasty little irritant that could temporary blindness.
Like most walkingsticks, the Two-Striped Walkingstick is long and slender. It looks more like a dark stick or branch and is usually found on plants. In addition to camouflage, this species of walkingstick also uses a chemical spray to defend itself when threatened. It is noxious enough to irritate even humans and, if hit in the eyes, could cause temporary blindness.
This herbivore eats the leaves of plants and can be found walking or resting on trees, shrubs and tall grasses. They may also be observed traversing the grounds of woods, 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): Southern Two-Striped Walkingstick, Devil Rider
Walkingstick or Timema
Size (Adult; Length): 39mm to 78mm (1.52in to 3.04in)
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