Twostriped Walkingstick (Anisomorpha buprestoides)

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.

Learn: http://entomology.ifas.ufl.edu/creatures/misc/walkingstick.htm

from Nov 2010:

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