Friday, October 06, 2006

Friday's Insect: Walkingstick

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This is a walkingstick from the order Phasmatodea. More specifically I believe it is a Northern Walkingstick, Diapheromera femorata. I found this nice creature in my backyard lurking among the ivy. Its body was 3-4 inches long which typical for this species. To make use of their camoflauge, walkingsticks can straighten out their antennae and front legs and stay motionless for a long time, as is seen in the top picture. The bottom pic is the tail end of this individual. Walkingsticks can also grow new legs if they are knocked off.

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Blogger chaindropz said...

My walkingstick has long legs but I don't think it could be a northener.

3:03 PM  

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