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  • Two-Striped Walkingstick - (Anisomorpha buprestoides)

    Two-Striped Walkingstick - (Anisomorpha buprestoides)

    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.

    Staff Writer (9/11/2017): 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.

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    Two-Striped Walkingstick

    Category: Walkingstick or Timema
    Common name: Two-Striped Walkingstick
    Scientific Name: Anisomorpha buprestoides
    Other Names: Southern Two-Striped Walkingstick, Devil Rider

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Phasmatodea
          Family: Pseudophasmatidae
           Genus: Anisomorpha
            Species: buprestoides

    Size (Adult, Length): 39mm to 78mm (1.54in to 3.07in)

    Identifying Colors: brown, black, yellow

    Additional Descriptors: stick, long, skinny, lines, slow

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Florida; Georgia; Louisiana; Mississippi; New Mexico; South Carolina; Texas; 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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