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Southern Two-striped Walkingstick (Anisomorpha buprestoides)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Southern Two-striped Walkingstick



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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.



Updated: 08/23/2019; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
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.




General Characteristics
Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Taxonomic Hierarchy
Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Phasmatodea
        Family: Pseudophasmatidae
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          Genus: Anisomorpha
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            Species: buprestoides
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Anisomorpha buprestoides
Other Name(s): Two-striped Walkingstick, Devil Rider
Category: Walkingstick or Timema
Size (Adult; Length): 39mm to 78mm (1.53" to 3.07")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: brown, black, yellow
Descriptors: stick, long, skinny, lines, slow
Relative Size Comparison
Typical Range Between 39mm and 78mm
Lo: 39mm
Md: 58.5mm
Hi: 78mm
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Southern Two-striped Walkingstick may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Southern Two-striped Walkingstick. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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