Subject: Need help with Bug Identification
Location: Lake County, Florida
December 19, 2012 5:14 pm
Saw this impressive 6-8” 6 legged, primarily black bug with symmetrical yellow markings (wingless)sunning itself on our home in Central Florida. Do you know what it is?
Signature: Sandie Selman
This is a Southern Two Striped Walkingstick or Muskmare, Anisomorpha buprestoides, and you should exercise caution and avoid handling them. According to BugGuide: “Members of this genus can deliver a chemical spray to the eyes that can cause corneal damage.”
Wow. Thanks. I’ll try to keep the dog & husband away too.