I was going to ask for an ID, but I found them in the Insect Love section…Still, I think I have some nice pics! I guess I’m lucky that with all the messing around with them that photographing entailed, she didn’t spray me! They are released into my tortoise pen. I’m in Alachua, Florida. I see these every once in a while.
You did a great job of properly identifying your mating Muskmares or Two Striped Walkingsticks. It is also evident that you read that they will spray a noxious, irritant into a person’s eyes with amazing accuracy if they are disturbed. We especially love your choice of a location for your image, the ceramic plate with a sphinx moth underglaze.