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Insect and Spider Identification: Large shrimp like bugs - what are they?

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drcaligari
Jefferson, LA

July 27, 2012
8:22 PM

Post #9221019

These two (yes two) shrimp like bugs, one large and one small, were .. sharing an embrace on my porch.

The larger one was about 3-4 inches long, and the smaller one was about a third of that size. Both of them were barely moving except for the occasional leg twich, though they did manage to separate themselves later in the day.

I have been in this house over 7 years and have never seen anything like this before.

Can anyone tell me what these things are?

Sorry for the slightly blurry shot. I quickly shot this right while my kids were freaking out.

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Flapdoodle
Minot, ND

July 28, 2012
4:50 AM

Post #9221171

Looks like an immature (naiad) stonefly, completely harmless.

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

July 28, 2012
7:10 AM

Post #9221242

This looks more like a mating pair of walking sticks...I would not think immature stoneflies would be mating...drcaligari, we have a few different species here in LA, and I know that you have them there in Jefferson. I have a friend who lives on Coolidge over by Oschner's and I have seen maybe 4 or 5 different ones at his place.

http://www.kentuckyawake.org/Stonefly_Naiad

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phasmatodea
Flapdoodle
Minot, ND

July 28, 2012
3:59 PM

Post #9221733

You're absolutely right themoonhowl, and I am extremely embarrassed - I definitely was not fully awake! They could be two-striped walking sticks, which should not be handled.

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

July 28, 2012
5:22 PM

Post #9221807

No need for embarrassment...I look at pics on here sometimes and things I know look completely alien...grin

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