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Subject: ID. needed
Location: la California
August 11, 2015 6:14 pm
I’m not from the area that this was found so I have no idea what it is. This was found walking across a parking lot in Los Angeles California. Thanks
Signature: no tech

Mating Walkingsticks

Mating Walkingsticks

Dear no tech,
Is this a hoax?  Did you take this image while visiting Los Angeles?  You indicated you are not from the area where it was found and the WTB? form you submitted the image with contains the language:  “you swear that you either took the photo(s) yourself or have explicit permission from the photographer or copyright holder to use the image.”  The digital file you attached begins with the letters “fb” which leads us to believe they have been pilfered from FaceBook.  These are mating Walkingsticks and we believe they are Striped Walkingsticks or Muskmares in the family Pseudophasmatidae.  To the best of our knowledge, and according to BugGuide, the range of the family in North America is the Southeast, and the furthest western reports are from Texas.  With that said, we can come up with several explanations.  This might be a hoax, or it might be a mistake.  We suppose it is possible that Striped Walkingsticks may have been imported into California through individuals or through the exotic insect trade, and that they were either released or escaped.  If that is the case, and this mating pair is in the wild, Southern California may soon have another Invasive Exotic species with which to contend.  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: insect ID
Location: Willits, Mendocino County, CA
May 21, 2015 2:33 pm
I found this in the vegetable garden. I use no pesticides and wonder if this is a good guy or bad guy?
Signature: Donna

Timema

Timema

Dear Donna,
This Timema is related to Walkingsticks, and though they feed on leaves, they are not considered agricultural pests, so you should not be concerned.  Timema are rarely seen.
  You can read more about the Timema on BugGuide.

Thank you so much! I have never seen this kind of insect. I released him back into my garden but unfortunately, he immediately became a meal for a lizard!

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Subject: Stick insect?
Location: Berkeley, California
May 20, 2015 9:53 am
I found this on the kitchen floor. It must have come in on a bouquet of alstromeria which were grown in an organic garden in another county because I see fras on the table under the vase. I’d like to know what it is, what it eats and if I could release it outside. I have it in a jar with some greens but it’s not happy. Thanks!
Signature: Carla

Walkingstick

Walkingstick

Dear Carla,
You are correct that this is a Walkingstick or Stick Insect in the order Phasmida, but we are unable to provide you with any information on its specific identification.  We cannot say for certain if it is native or introduced as many exotic Phasmids are kept as pets and sold in pet stores.  We cannot say for certain if it is the same as any individuals pictured on CalPhotos many of which are not identified. We would urge you to take it to your local natural history museum to get a quicker identification, but our readership may weigh in with information.

Walkingstick

Walkingstick

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Subject: Walking stick
Location: Mesquite, Nevada
April 20, 2015 4:38 pm
Hey,
I found this walking on a golf course in Mesquite, Nevada. It was in amongst some straw that was still standing. Any info would be appreciated.
Cheers,
Ryan
Signature: Mr.Davies

Shorthorned Walkingstick

Shorthorned Walkingstick

Dear Ryan,
Congratulations on your encounter with a Shorthorned Walkingstick in the genus
Parabacillus.  The very short antennae are quite distinctive.

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Subject: Bug in Pool
Location: La Quinta, CA
April 7, 2015 7:58 pm
I found this dead bug today, April 7, in my saltwater pool in La Quinta, CA. Its about 4 inches long and whitish in color, but don’t know if that’s from being dead or in the water. Do you know what this might be?
Signature: Donna

Stick Insect

Stick Insect

Dear Donna,
This is a Stick Insect or Walkingstick in the order Phasmida, but unfortunately we cannot say for certain if it is a native species or an introduced.  The popularity of Walkingsticks in the pet industry has resulted in several nonnative species becoming naturalized in North America.

Very interesting. I thought it might be, but the body is much thicker, shorter and white compared to the thinner, longer and greener ones I’ve seen in New Jersey. Thank you very much for   your expert help:)

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Subject: Phasmid in Australia
Location: Emerald, Queensland, Australia
February 10, 2015 5:01 am
Hi, looking for confirmation of type. This bug was found in the central highlands of Queensland in Emerald. I’ve been told children’s on several bug forums but am thinking either Goliath or Red Shouldered. I’ve included egg pictures incase that is of some help identifying her
Signature: Crystal

Phasmid

Red Shouldered Phasmid

Dear Crystal,
We haven’t the time this morning to do any research, so we are posting your images and we hope to get some input from our readers.

Phasmid

Red Shouldered Phasmid

Phasmid Eggs

Phasmid Eggs

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