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Western Short-horned Walkingstick (Parabacillus hersperus)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Western Short-horned Walkingstick



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Their antennae may seem long to the human eye, but compared to other Stick Insects, the Western Short-horned Walkingstick's is well below average.



Updated: 06/15/2020; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Walkingsticks, or Stick Insects, are long, non-flying, non-jumping insects that resemble tree sticks and twigs. This camouflage coupled with a brown, branch-like color allows them to feed on plant material mostly undisturbed by predators. The Western Short-horned Walkingstick's antennae can be mistaken for another set of legs. They stretch out from the head and are about twice the length of the head region. Other Walkingsticks, however, have antennae that are even longer in proportion.

This species is found in dry, arid regions in the summer and autumn. Look for them in chaparral and open fields where they can be found feeding on the foliage of globemallow, deerweed, and other native plants. It is not unusual to spot them clinging to window screens and on walls. They may drop to the ground and pretend they are dead if threatened.




General Characteristics
Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Taxonomic Hierarchy
Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Embioptera
        Family: Heteronemiidae
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          Genus: Parabacillus
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            Species: hersperus
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Parabacillus hersperus
Category: Walkingstick or Timema
Size (Adult; Length): 65mm to 90mm (2.55" to 3.54")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: brown
Descriptors: slow, long, fragile
Relative Size Comparison
Typical Range Between 65mm and 90mm
Lo: 65mm
Md: 77.5mm
Hi: 90mm
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Western Short-horned 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 Western Short-horned Walkingstick. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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