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Short-horned Walkingstick

Parabacillus sp.


Long, slender insect that mimics a stick about 2 inches long. It has short antenna which gives it it's common name. The legs are also long and slender. It swayed back and forth on the plant in the breeze. The end of the tail is forked.


Originally on my front door surrounded by chaparral and oak woodland. I placed it on the White Sage for photos then placed it on a woody bush where it seamlessly blended in to where I couldn't find it again after looking away. This genus is found in the western half of the US and into Mexico.

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KarenSaxton 12 months ago

This is our first winter storm of the season. I kind of wish we could have skipped winter to be honest. Spring pattern rain is my favorite(rain at night, dry during the day)

CindyBinghamKeiser 12 months ago

Thank you! I was so excited to spot this beauty. Surprised to find it in winter but then this winter has felt like spring so far.

LisaPowers 12 months ago

Cool spotting Cindy!

KarenSaxton 12 months ago

I'm jealous. Never saw one while I lived in the county

California, USA

Lat: 33.00, Long: -116.91

Spotted on Jan 15, 2018
Submitted on Jan 15, 2018

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