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Subject: Mystery bug in Costa Ruca
Location: La Fortuna, Lake Arenal, Costa Rica
December 29, 2014 6:45 pm
I photographed this beauty on an airconditioner drain pipe on the outside of our rental house in El Castillo, near La Fortuna, Costa Rica yesterday. It was about 5 inches long.
Signature: Peter Lewis

Camouflaged Insect:  Phasmid or Orthopteran???

Camouflaged Insect: Phasmid or Orthopteran???

Dear Peter,
This critter seems to have characteristics of several different orders.  Our best guesses are an Orthopteran or a Phasmid.  We have solicited the opinions of several entomologists, including Piotr Naskrecki and Julian Donahue and we hope to have something more specific for you soon.

Piotr Naskrecki Responds
Hi Daniel,
This is a phasmid Prisopus sp. There are several similar species in Costa Rica, hard to say from the photo which one this is. These phasmids have strong chemical defenses and are quite smelly.
Cheers,
Piotr

Julian Donahue Responds
Interesting critter–I think I’ve actually seen and/or collected them in the tropics.
This appears to be another member of Prisopus in the phasmid family Prisopodidae, representatives of which you have already posted on What’s That Bug? (image showed up in a Google image search!).
See image at: http://entombase.com/entomology/taxa/phasmatodea/index.html
Julian

Thanks Julian and Piotr for identifying this Phasmid in the genus Prisopus.  We thought it looked familiar, but we searched our archives under Costa Rica and not Brazil.

Thank, Daniel, for identifying my bug for me! Time to google phasmids…
Best,
Peter

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Subject: Phasmids for ID (2 species)
Location: Patyay, Mayoyao, Ifugao Province, Philippines
December 7, 2014 10:24 pm
Greetings in peace!
During my last two travels to the remotes of Ifugao Province, north of Luzon, Philippines, I encountered these phasmid creatures which fascinates me, My recollection of past encounters were all shades of brown and gentle creatures. As to these new finds, these were of bright colored that defies the common characteristic of a camouflaged stick and seems more aggressive as it spew out some kind of a pungent odor to deter invaders unlike the tame brown.
Last October 6, 2014, I managed to capture these creatures by few frames. the red winged somehow secretes the foul smell but the greenish haven’t observe the same for I didn’t handled it closely to me. Furthermore, the red winged were considered by the local folks as pest in their ricefields as they masticate the young leaves of rice.
I hope we can ID these stick for proper recognition.
Thank you!
Signature: Kdon

Walkingstick

Walkingstick:  Orthomeria species

Dear Kdon,
The black Walkingstick with the red wings appears to be the same species of Walkingsticks we posted in 2011 when there was a major outbreak.  That species has still not been identified.  We are posting your images and we will attempt to do some research later today when we have more time.

Walkingstick

Walkingstick:  Ophicrania species

Walkingstick

Walkingstick:  Ophicrania species

Dear Daniel,
I highly appreciate your prompt response. last week, i had a ID suggestion from Project Noah
for the black and red stick :
as Genus name Orthomeria sp.. Adult female confirmed by Bruno Kneubühler. Bruno,
&
For the greenish with multi color abdomen:
Ophicrania sp. is confirmed by Bruno Kneubühler. But it might be another species than viridinervis. So, I suggest we go either with Ophicrania sp. or Ophocrania cf. viridinervis.
These were their suggestions, we might as well utilize it as starting point to pin the proper Id.
Thanks,
Kdon

Thanks for the update Kdon.  We found Orthomeria pictured on Phasmatodea.com where it states:  ” This is a totally NEW species i found 3 weeks ago in the north west of luzon and this eggs offer is the very first time ever.”  Other images can be found on Strasilky-Phasmatodea.  A member of the genus Ophicrania is pictured on Phasma Werkgroep.

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Subject: Florida Palm
Location: Northeast Florida
September 27, 2014 2:51 pm
My husband and I just finished trimming back a palm tree next to our Florida room, and found this guy right inside the screen. He was maybe 3-4″ long, 5-6″ with antenna & was climbing up the door frame. The picture doesn’t show it, but his stripes are soft yellow and his antenna looked red. We’re in northeast Florida near the beach and marsh. Any ideas?
Signature: Señora Cardona

Muskmare

Muskmare

Dear Señora Cardona,
This is a female Two Striped Walkingstick in the genus
Anisomorpha, commonly called a Muskmare.  You should exercise caution when you encounter Muskmares, because according to BugGuide:  “Members of this genus can deliver a chemical spray to the eyes that can cause corneal damage”

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Subject: Is it a walking stick?
Location: Montgomery, TX
September 26, 2014 7:03 am
Found this little one on the back of a big one. Trying to determine:
1, Is it a walking stick?
2. Are they mating? or
3. Is it a mama taking a baby out?
Thanks for any information . . I also found this HUGE crazy bright red fuzzy ant, I’ll send photos later.
Kelli Lowery

Mating Muskmares

Mating Muskmares

Hi Kelli,
Commonly called Muskmares, these are indeed mating Walkingsticks.  There is a pronounced difference between the size of the female versus that of her diminutive mate.

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Subject: Stick bug?
Location: Fairview ,PA
September 20, 2014 8:57 pm
Hi bugman!,
Here are a couple of photos from Erie county Pennsylvania. We assume it is a stickbug of some type, but we’ve never seen one around here before. We were hoping that you could give us more info on it.
Signature: Joe S.

Northern Walkingstick

Northern Walkingstick

Dear Joe S.,
This is a Northern Walkingstick,
Diapheromera femorata.  According to BugGuide:  “This species is native to the US and Canada. It is the most common species of Phasmid in North America.  When very numerous, they can severely defoliate trees.”

Northern Walkingstick

Northern Walkingstick

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Subject: mating muskmares
Location: Jacksonville, FL
September 17, 2014 11:39 am
Hi again! I noticed you haven’t had any muskmares on your site for over a year, so I thought I’d send a pic of this happy couple to you. I found them on a chain link fence last week at a dog park here in Jacksonville, FL. The female sprayed me repeatedly until she realized I wasn’t going to hurt them the spray seemed to come from the thorax under a lot of pressure; I could hear the hissing over the sounds of the breeze and the dogs! It looked like 2 sprays from a mist bottle set on “fine” and travelled about a foot from her. Smelled like rotting wood and vinegar. Also, a few feet away from them I found this excellent Eastern lubber.
Signature: Mike

Mating Muskmares

Mating Muskmares

Dear Mike,
Thanks so much for making our Muskmare postings more current.  Your observations on the “spraying” defense of the individuals you encountered is very valuable, and though you did not experience any harm, we caution our readers against careless handling of Muskmares as the noxious gas they expel is reported to be caustic if it lands in the eyes.  We will post your Lubber image in a distinct posting.  Can you provide any additional information on the Lubber?

I found a very good description of the muskmare defense and it’s effects on the eye on this website that you may want to share with your readers
See Featured Creatures.

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