Mating Muskmares

Subject: Mating 2-stripe walking sticks
Location: Viera, FL
September 3, 2013 7:13 pm
Thought you might enjoy this picture. It was fun for me because of my son’s reaction when I explained that wasn’t a baby riding on its mom’s back 🙂 They are on my potted plumeria.
Signature: Susan P

Muskmares Mating
Muskmares Mating

Hi Susan,
Most photos we have of mating Two Striped Walkingsticks, or Muskmares, depict them on the sides of buildings or structures, so your photo is quite refreshing.  You should also warn your son to observe them carefully.  According to BugGuide:  “Members of this genus can deliver a chemical spray to the eyes that can cause corneal damage” and they are reported to aim with amazing accuracy. 

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