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Giant Walkingstick, male

Megaphasma denticrus

Description:

Large stick big with red markings. This one was injured with a broken leg. Approximately 6" long.

Notes:

Probably because it was injured it was more aggressive than any other stick bug I've ever seen. It seemed to mimic a scorpion bringing its back end over its head at one point and standing on its rear legs rocking from side to side at another.


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Giant Walkingstick, male
Megaphasma denticrus Giant Walkingstick, male


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2 Comments

ForestDragon
ForestDragon 7 years ago

Giant Walkingstick, male, Megaphasma denticrus:
http://bugguide.net/node/view/665542/bgi...

ForestDragon
ForestDragon 7 years ago

Hi Amy, this is a very interesting find. Sorry that this guy was injured. It is a male and probably a Northern Walkingstick, Diapheromera femorata. However, I have never seen one in that color.
I will have to check and see if there are any other species that might have that coloration.
It might be that this one has a color mutation of some sort. It would be harder for him to camouflage with that coloration, making him an easy target for a predator (likely cause of injury).

Amy20
Spotted by
Amy20

Bella Vista, Arkansas, USA

Lat: 36.49, Long: -94.21

Spotted on Oct 3, 2012
Submitted on Oct 3, 2012

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