October 01, 2014

Another camoflauge expert.

Walking sticks are hard to find for a number of reasons.
They look like branches or twigs and the move extremely slowly.
I don't know much about them other than they are interesting.

Diapheromera fermorata

The Northern Walkingstick is our most common "stick insect," which camouflages itself to look like a stick.

Northern Walkingsticks grow over 3 1/2 inches long, with males being smaller than females. Walkingsticks have long, skinny bodies which closely resembles twigs or stems of plants. Males are brown, females are greenish-brown. These insects have very long antennae, about 2/3 the length of their bodies.

Northern Walkingsticks feed on the leaves of many deciduous trees, including: oaks, Sassafras, Black Cherry, and Black Locust. They also eat clovers.

source - Fairfax County Public Schools

1 comment:

Irene said...

Fantastic shot !!!--loved it !