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Subject: Beautiful walkingstick
Location: San Antonio, Texas
August 6, 2016 6:54 pm
My son and I found this beauty on the siding in our back yard at the end of July. They are digging up the open land directly behind our house to further our housing development, which has resulted in several unwanted and potentially dangerous house guests. This was one I was very excited to see, as I have never found one prior to seeing this one! It was full on sun, around 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and we have not had much recent rain, but had a wet spring. I do not know much about these wonderful insects, and my son and I spent a while watching it off and on before it wandered off. Can you tell me a little about it please?
Signature: Mother of a curious boy

Walkingstick

Walkingstick

Dear Mother of a curious boy,
We are relatively certain your Walkingstick is in the genus Diapheromera, and there are several species reported from Texas according to BugGuide, but alas, we lack the necessary skills to provide you with an exact species identification.  Our best guesses are that this might be either a Creosote Bush Walkingstick, 
Diapheromera covilleae, which BugGuide lists from Texas, Diapheromera persimilis, a species with no common name listed from Texas on BugGuide, or a Prairie Walkingstick, Diapheromera velii , which BugGuide lists from Texas.  What we can state for certain is that this individual is a male who can be identified by his narrow physique and the claspers at the end of his abdomen which are used in mating.  Perhaps one of our readers will be able to provide a comment with a more specific identification. 

Thank you so much!  This gives me something to research!

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Subject: Stick Insect
Location: Cumberland Plateau, southeast Tennessee
June 9, 2016 9:07 am
We frequently see “Stick Bugs” around our house, though more typically in the fall. They usually are 4-6 inches long and are brown. I understand that they must be small when newly hatched, but have never spotted one this small. I though you might be interested.
Thanks for the constant flow of fascinating bug information!
Signature: Bob Kieffer

Immature Walkingstick

Immature Walkingstick

Dear Bob,
Thanks so much for providing our site with your image of an immature Walkingstick, and we commend your foresight in using the ruler for scale.

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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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