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Subject:  White Walking Stick
Geographic location of the bug:  Costa Rica
Date: 01/22/2018
Time: 10:20 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I spotted this very small (only a few cm) walking stick like insect at Rainmaker Conservatory outside of Quepos in Costa Rica. It looked more like the small white roots around where it was spotted. I was only able to find stock photos of it on google under “albino walking stick,” but with no ID.  Any help would be wonderful.
How you want your letter signed:  Clayton M

Walkingstick

Dear Clayton,
This appears to be an immature individual, which might make it difficult to identify.  Additionally, newly molted insects are often white or light in color, and the darken when their exoskeleton hardens, like this freshly molted Earwig or this newly molted Brown Marmorated Stink Bug.

Thanks for your reply!  I also posted the picture on Reddit, and someone said it might be a very immature Moss Mimic Stick which makes a lot of sense based on the head, antennae, and how it holds its abdomen.

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Subject:  What kind is it?
Geographic location of the bug:  Paupa New Guinea ( western Highlands)
Date: 01/06/2018
Time: 10:50 AM EDT
Worked up here for eight years never seen this one before
How you want your letter signed:  Don know what you mean

Stick Insect

This is a Stick Insect in the order Phasmida.  Spineless Wonders has some nice images of New Guinea Stick Insects, but none resemble your individual.  Perhaps one of our readers will recognize the species.

Stick Insect

Update:  Photoshop or not???
In trying to address a comment from SR that this is a photoshop creation, we maintain it is not, so we have cropped tighter to show more detail.  The original image has very low resolution.

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Subject:  Stick insect from Peru
Geographic location of the bug:  Amazon rainforest in Peru
Date: 11/21/2017
Time: 01:29 AM EDT
Hi,
This is another stick insect, but this time I think it’s a mature specimen.
It was on august 2009, in Peru amazonia.
Can you help me to identify the species?
Thanks.
How you want your letter signed:  Ferran Lizana

Stick Insect

Hello again Ferran,
We found an image on Alamy of mating Stick Insects from Peru that looks exactly like your male Stick Insect, but alas, it is not identified by species.  Based on this Insetologia image, this FlickR image and this BioDiversidade image, we believe it might be in the genus
Paraphasma.

Thanks one more time, Daniel.
I can see that stick insects are very difficult to identify, so my thanks to you are strong this time.
I’ll send you more insects soon. 😉
Ferran

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Subject:  Stick insect in Tanzania
Geographic location of the bug:  Tanzania, probably in Tarangire park.
Date: 11/19/2017
Time: 04:11 PM EDT
Hi again,
I know nothing about stick insects, so for me it’s difficult to identify the species.
It was on may 2016.
I hope you can help me.
Thank you.
How you want your letter signed:  Ferran Lizana

Stick Insect

Dear Ferran,
This appears to be an immature individual, and correct identification of mature specimens is often quite difficult.  We are unable to provide you with a species identification at this time, but perhaps one of our readers will provide a comment.

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Subject:  Stick Insect
Geographic location of the bug:  AU, NSW, Sydney
Date: 11/13/2017
Time: 06:47 AM EDT
Au, NSW
Narrowed it down between a Goliath, crown or a titan.
Approx 15cm long not including legs.
How you want your letter signed:  Jess

Stick Insect:  Adult male Ctenomorpha marginipennis

Dear Jess,
Your individual appears to have very long antennae.  The Goliath Stick Insect pictured on Brisbane Insects has very short antennae.  According to Oz Animals, “The Crown Stick Insect is found in coastal Queensland and the Northern Territory” and it also appears to have short antennae.  Titan Stick Insect images on FlickR also have short antennae.  Using the long antennae as a diagnostic feature, and based on the slim body of your individual, we would entertain that this might be a Dark-Winged Stick Insect,
Mesaner sarpedon, which is pictured on the Brisbane Insect site.  The Atlas of Living Australia does not have any images, but there is a sighting documented near Sydney.  Unfortunately we cannot find any information on the size of the Dark-Winged Stick Insect.  Perhaps a Phasmid expert will write in with a correction or an affirmation.

Thank you very much. I’ll get onto finding out more!

A reader comments:
I have received a reply from an entomology group on Facebook and they seemed very sure on this.
Willow Hook

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Subject:  Is this a walking stick or???
Geographic location of the bug:  Florida Ocala area
Date: 11/11/2017
Time: 07:39 AM EDT
I have found many of these this fall around my porch and a few under my mobile home. I am worried because I need to work under the mobile and wonder if a bite or sting is possible. How do I get rid of them?
How you want your letter signed:  Freaked Out

Mating Muskmares

Dear Freaked Out,
These are indeed mating Walkingsticks.  Commonly called Muskmares, adult Southern Two-Lined Walkingsticks,
Anisomorpha buprestoides, are frequently encountered as mating pairs.  Of the species, BugGuide indicates:  “Three color forms, two of them only found in limited areas:  White form, only found around Ocala National Forest, Orange form, only found around Archbold Biological Station.”  It appears you have a small white form male (you are in Ocala) mating with an orange female, so perhaps the orange form is increasing its range.  Though they do not sting nor bite, they do have an effective defense mechanism that should concern you.  According to Featured Creatures:  “this species is capable of squirting a strong-smelling defensive spray that is painfully irritating to the eyes and mucous membranes.”  According to Wilderness & Environmental Medicine:  “this phasmid’s intriguing, elongated body shape makes its existence well known, most are unaware of its chemical defense mechanism for warding off predators. Anisomorpha buprestoides, a common walkingstick in the southeastern United States, has the ability to eject an offensive spray from its thorax with pronounced accuracy. Although birds, spiders, and reptiles are likely their main nemeses, they take no pity on threatening mammals, including reported cases involving canines and humans. The arthropods target the eyes and have caused documented ocular injury ranging from conjunctivitis to corneal ulceration.” 

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