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Walking Sticks

Anisomorpha buprestoides


A mating pair of walking sticks; the smaller male is on top, while the larger female is on the bottom. This is the most common stick insect in Florida. These insects have more nicknames than you can shake a stick at! Devil riders, musk mares, southern two-striped walking sticks, devil's riding horse, prairie alligator, stick bug, witch's horse, and devil's darning needle are just a few they have been given!


They are herbivorus, feeding on the leaves of trees and shrubs and have amazing camouflage which allows them to almost disappear into their surroundings but I was lucky to spot these on the side of my house.

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Melbourne, Florida, USA

Spotted on Aug 25, 2014
Submitted on Aug 25, 2014

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