Southern Two-striped Walkingstick (Anisomorpha buprestoides)

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Southern Two-striped Walkingstick (Anisomorpha buprestoides)

This leaf eater (oak indicated as a favored species) provides rich nutrition for birds, reptiles, bears 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.

Learn:  http://bioweb.uwlax.edu/bio203/s2014/bender_bobb/index.htm

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

from July 2017:

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