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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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Subject: Costa Rica walking stick
Location: Costa Rica
July 14, 2014 10:09 pm
Hello!
Thank you so much for your help with my broad-necked root borer ID request. I have another one for you. I found this insect in Costa Rica 2 years ago on a school trip, it seemed to be some type of walking stick. His colors were amazing! Any idea of what species this is?
Thanks!
Signature: Brittany

Unidentified Walkingstick

Parastatocles Walkingstick

Hi Brittany,
To the best of our knowledge, only male Walkingsticks are capable of flying.  We will try to identify this male Walkingstick tomorrow.  We did locate a matching image on the Costa Rica Bugs and Insect Photos site, but it is not identified.

Update:  July 19, 2014
Thanks to Cesar Crash of the Brazilian site Insetologia, we have this Walkingstick identified as being in the genus
Parastatocles.

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Subject: Children’s Stick Insect
Location: Yarra Ranges near Melbourne, Victoria Australia
June 24, 2014 10:10 pm
Thank you for allowing me to use the image of the Children’s stick insect on Craig’s hand attributing to Craig and your website. On the 16th of February 2014 when we found this none of the twenty people at our Camp (Camp Eureka) had ever seen a children’s stick insect before even though our total ages added together came close to 1000 years. We were extremely intrigued and had it correctly identified at the Melbourne Museum.
Signature: Marie Goonan

Children's Stick Insect

Children’s Stick Insect

You are most welcome Marie,
Did the museum provide the identification based on your image or did you actually supply the Children’s Stick Insect in the flesh?

Hi Daniel,
I have copied in these emails to tell you that the stick insect flew away, while we were not watching, and after we had taken a small twig out of its wing.  So we just supplied a photo to the museum..
Thanks again,
Cheers Marie

Thanks for the additional information Marie.

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