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Subject: Stick insect or true bug?
Location: Buenaventura southern Ecuador
March 12, 2016 8:06 am
I’m curious whether this is a stick insect or a hemipteran. It was from a wet disturbed forest ~500 meters ASL in Buenaventura southern Ecuador on February 14th.
Signature: Peter H

Stick Insect

Stick Insect

Dear Peter,
Though some Hemipterans like Water Scorpions and Thread Legged Bugs look similar, your submission is definitely a Stick Insect in the Order Phasmida.

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Subject: What’s this bug???
Location: Central America
January 6, 2016 6:20 pm
Can you help me identify this bug? Is it dangerous with kids? Do I need to be worried?
Thanks a lot for your help.
Signature: Enrique

Walkingstick

Walkingstick

Dear Enrique,
This is a Stick Insect or Walkingstick in the order Phasmida, and most Walkingsticks are perfectly harmless, though members of the family Pseudophasmatidae, the Striped Walkingsticks, are able to spray a caustic substance with remarkable accuracy into the eyes of an attacker.  We do not believe your individual is in the family Pseudophasmatidae, but exercising caution is recommended.  Central America is a large area and more location specificity might have helped our research.

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Subject: id conifer bug
Location: northen ca, mendocino county
January 3, 2016 11:42 am
Hi, we live in Northern CA in the conifers and tanbark oak trees. For years I have seen the adult insect of the enclosed picture of a baby. The adult is probably over 1 1/2″, same color. This year I found the little ones, probably 1/4″ in size. they crawl and hop. When I touch one it curls up. I can not seem to find this critter in any of my books or online. Can you help?
Signature: thank you Kathryn

Timema

Timema

Dear Kathryn,
You are quite observant to have spotted both adult and immature Timemas, an insect that is classified with the Walkingsticks.  According to BugGuide:  “Timema is a genus of small, stout, wingless walking sticks. It is so distinctive that it is the only genus in the entire suborder Timematodea, and it is an ancient group which is phylogenetically basal to the rest of the walking stick order Phasmida.”  BugGuide also states they are found:  “On foliage, twigs, or branches of host shrubs or trees…or on the ground, where they drop to upon disturbance. Host plants mostly associated with chaparral; some with woodlands or forest (e.g. douglas fir, redwood).  Green morphs tend to rest on leaves; brown to gray morphs on stems, branches or ground.   Unstriped morphs are usually associated with broad-leaved host plants (e.g. oaks, ceanothus, manzanita, etc.). Striped morphs are usually associated with host plants having needle-like leaves (e.g. chamise, douglas fir, redwood, etc.).   Coloration, stripes, and other markings serve as camouflage, and are adaptations driven by selection pressure due to predation by visually-oriented birds and lizards.”

Dear Daniel, thank you so much for your prompt reply.  You solved the mystery,   Sincerely,  Kathryn

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Subject: Please help to name this bug
Location: Lantua Island, Hong Kong SAR, China
December 17, 2015 7:15 am
Hi,
Could you please help to identify that bug? It’s really rare to me. Thanks a lot!
Signature: Jackson Liu

Walkingstick

Walkingstick

Dear Jackson,
This appears to be a Phasmid, commonly called a Walkingstick or Stick Insect.  We were not able to locate a species name for you.  Perhaps one of our readers will provide additional information.

Dear Daniel,
Thanks a lot. I once thought it to be walkingstick alike, while I am not quite familiar with their common feature. I am more clear now. Really thanks! :)

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Subject: Stick Insect Identification
Location: Yavapai County
November 9, 2015 6:13 pm
Good afternoon,
I found a beautiful walking stick (4 inches head to tail) this morning in Skull Valley, Arizona. This is in Yavapai County and is considered high desert. I’ve done quite a bit of online research to find an identification, but have come up without any real answers. Closest I could guess is that it is a Northern Walking Stick, but the antennae are very long (about 1.5 inches). The insect is a grey color and has really unique banding on its legs. Please let me know what you think this critter is! Thank you!
Signature: Tiffany Johnson

Arizona Walkingstick

Female Arizona Walkingstick

Dear Tiffany,
We believe, after browsing through images on BugGuide, that we have identified your individual as an Arizona Walkingstick,
Diapheromera arizonensis, a species reported solely from the state of Arizona on BugGuide.  Furthermore, we believe she is a female based on this nice series of close-up details posted to BugGuide.  There is also a nice image posted to pBase.

Female Arizona Walkingstick

Female Arizona Walkingstick

Daniel,
Thank you so very much for your research. You provide such a wonderful resource for the bug-curious. Again, thank you for your time and help!
Sincerely,
Tiffany Johnson

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Subject: What is this?
Location: Florida
November 7, 2015 9:41 am
Just curious, never seen it before
Signature: What’s that

Mating Muskmares

Mating Muskmares

These are Striped Walkingsticks or Muskmares in the genus Anisomorpha, and you should be cautious near them 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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