CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Twostriped Walkingstick (Anisomorpha buprestoides)
This leaf eater provides rich nutrition for birds, reptiles and bats, but stand back: capable of squirting a strong-smelling defensive spray that is painfully irritating to the eyes and mucous membranes. Almost always found “coupled”, the male is the smaller specimen.
These two were flushed out when I was mowing the meadow. I saw the female first, walking through a cleared area, with the male frantically chasing her down until he was able to climb aboard her back.
from Nov 2010: