Muskmare and her mate

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.

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