Striped Walkingstick

Subject:  Long and fat bug found hiding behind broom
Geographic location of the bug:  Whitehouse, Texas
Date: 07/11/2022
Time: 12:54 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  It’s about the same size as a walkibg stick but much fatter. Does not move vey fast or far when touched.
How you want your letter signed:  Bob

Female Striped Walkingstick: Muskmare

Dear Bob,
This is a female Striped Walkingstick in the genus Anisomorpha, and you should handle with caution.  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. Because they are frequently observed as mating pairs with the diminutive male riding on the back of the female, they are sometimes called Muskmares.

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