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


Hi Sandie,
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.

Location: Florida

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