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Subject:  Unidentified Insect
Geographic location of the bug:  Southern Pope County, Arkansas
Date: 09/25/2021
Time: 12:14 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I saw these bugs on my doorjamb at about 8PM 9/25/21. The temperature was about 65 F/18.3 C degrees. For reference, my thumb in one picture is 3/4 inch/18mm wide. I’m in a small neighborhood built on a reclaimed swamp. Some remaining wetlands, open fields, and a small patch of woods are also nearby.
How you want your letter signed:  Miah

Muskmare and her diminutive mate

Dear Miah,
These are Striped Walkingsticks in the genus
Anisomorpha, a group that are commonly called Muskmares because mated pairs, with the considerably larger female carrying her diminutive mate, resemble a horse and its rider.  Approach with caution.  Striped Walkingsticks are able to shoot a noxious substance into a predator’s eyes with amazing accuracy.


Subject:  Stick bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Prescott, Arizona
Date: 07/31/2021
Time: 03:10 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  It’s monsoon season here in Prescott and we had rain last night and a bit this morning. Then this guy shows up on our patio. Can you tell me what it is?
How you want your letter signed:  Cheryl C.

Arizona Walkingstick

Dear Cheryl,
Your insect from the Order Phasmida, is commonly called a Walkingstick or Stick Insect.  We believe this may be an Arizona Walkingstick,
Diapheromera arizonensis, which is pictured on BugGuide.  Here is an image from FlickR.  Perhaps one of our readers who is more skilled at identifying Phasmids will write in with a correction or confirmation.

Arizona Walkingstick

Subject:  Stick Bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Gulf Coast Texas
Date: 06/28/2021
Time: 03:04 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this huge (fat) stick Bug looking insect on my front door late at night. It had a baby on it’s back as well. First time seeing this type of bug here.
How you want your letter signed:  Thanks for any info.

Mating Muskmares

That ain’t no baby on her back.  The larger insect is a Female Two-Striped Walkingstick in the genus Anisomorpha and the smaller insect is her diminutive mate.  Two-Striped Walkingsticks are often observed mating, which has led to the common name Muskmare. According to BugGuide:  “Members of this genus can deliver a chemical spray to the eyes that can cause corneal damage” so you should exercise caution when closely observing them.

Subject:  What is this bug from Southern Chile
Geographic location of the bug:  Chile, Region XI: Chile Chico: 46°43’31″S 71°43’31″W
Date: 03/23/2020
Time: 09:02 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this big bug in harsh, semi-desert south of Chile Chico in Region XI in the far south of Chile.
The bug was in the margins of the Rio Jeinimeni but I am sure it is a terrestrial that has fallen in and is not an aquatic insect.
The antennae on this sample were obviously broken but they must have been long, perhaps as long as the body, before they were damaged.
The obvious features are the 3.5 inch (10cm) length and the orange band across the thorax.
How you want your letter signed:  Jon

Stick Insect

Dear Jon,
This is a Stick Insect or Phasmid in the insect order Phasmida.  There is an image on Wikipedia of a mating pair that is identified as
Agathemera crassa.  It also resembles Agathemera claraziana, called Chinchemolles in Spanish, which is pictured on CalPhotos where it states:  ” ‘Chinchemolles’ hide under rocks during the day, and forage on plants at night. Many individuals have a very unpleasant odor, and sometimes one can find the hiding spots simply from the location of the odor.”  We believe we have the genus correct, but we will leave species identification to the experts.  Though it is very belated, we are tagging your submission as our Bug of the Month for March 2020.

Stick Insect

Dear Daniel,
Thank you very much for identifying this bug, which is probably the largest insect I have ever come across.
I can testify to the smell…
Thank you and best regards,

Subject:  Id
Geographic location of the bug:  MO
Date: 08/19/2019
Time: 11:28 AM EDT:  Your letter to the bugman —
This “thing” was on one of my out door potted plants. Is it going to due damage to my plant?
How you want your letter signed:  SG


Dear SG,
You submitted images of two different “things” but we are only posting one image.  The Walkingstick or Phasmid is a leaf eater, but we suspect it would much rather be in the trees than in your potted plants, so we would urge you to relocate it.  The winged Mayfly will not damage your plants.

Thank you very much.  As of last night the stick was still in my plant.  If still present i will move to tree.  [ Hope they don’t bite].
Thanks again.

Subject:  strange insect
Geographic location of the bug:  Rincón de la Vieja National Park, Costa Rica
Date: 08/04/2019
Time: 05:44 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello,
I found this strange looking insect at the Rincon-National Park in Costa Rica in the rainforest at 840m MSL. Date taken: Oct 18
Please identify.
Thank you in advance
How you want your letter signed:  Johannes


Dear Johannes,
This is a Walkingstick in the insect order Phasmida, but we are not certain of the species.  We are especially interested in what appears to be a strand of silk that it is walking upon.  To the best of our knowledge, Walkinsticks do not produce silk.  Our best guess on this is that perhaps it is either walking on or trapped on the silken threads of a Spiders’ web.

yes, you are right. It was walking within this silk construct. It seemed not to be trapped, but I also think that it is not belonging to the web.