i am wondering what this bug is i have never seen it before
November 16, 2009
I’ve seen grasshoppers this big, but this seemingly isn’t one of those (no wings). They were mating when photographed; I assume that the male is the smaller of the pair. I couldn’t get the female to pose on the ruler, as I desired, but I estimate she’s about 3.5 inches long.  November 15, 2009. Homosassa, Florida Insects are mating:  the larger (female?) is about 3.5″
Homosassa, Florida

Mating Muskmares

Mating Muskmares

Hi Julie,
These are Two Striped Walkingsticks, also called Muskmares.  The female is larger.

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