|Order: Phasmatodea |
Species: femorata (fem-or-AY-ta) (Info)
This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:
Saint Robert, Missouri
Toms River, New Jersey
Delanson, New York
Kerhonkson, New York
Mount Pleasant, Tennessee
San Antonio, Texas
Yellow Spring, West Virginia
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|Neutral ||foodog ||On Aug 19, 2006, foodog from Toms River, NJ wrote:
I find these facinating insects in my yard every summer. I was curious as to what they eat and their behavior in general. They like to hang out on the outside walls of the house and on my car. I always gently remove them if I need to drive the car. Just curious. Thanks.
|Positive ||TxTurqoize ||On Aug 25, 2006, TxTurqoize from San Antonio, TX
(Zone 8b) wrote:
I find these creatures to be so fascinating! Here in Texas....they get very very large....the one that I photographed is, I believe a young one....I've seen adults much larger. :)
|Positive ||DiOhio ||On Feb 7, 2008, DiOhio from Corning, OH
(Zone 6a) wrote:
Also known as Northern Walkingstick.
They eat foliage of deciduous trees and shrubs, especially oaks and hazelnuts.
Nymphs are green.
Adult males are brown and females are greenish-brown.
They are wingless.
They can regenerate lost legs.
Females drop eggs singly. Eggs overwinter among ground litter and hatch in spring, when nymphs push open domelike ends of the eggs. Nymphs crawl up woody vegetation at night to reach edible foliage.
Males are about 3" long and females 3 3/4" long.
|Positive ||xaia ||On Feb 23, 2008, xaia from Kitchener
I live in Ontario, Canada and I've seen this insect in some of the oak savannah's along the south of the province. They are extremely well adapted to an arboreal life, and their camouflage is completely outstanding. Pinery Provincial Park is where I first saw them. They are everywhere in the oak savannah's! Their diet consists of such plants as oak, black cherry, fragrant sumac, and in their instar stages red clover, and rose. I happened by a female Diapheromera femorata and brought her home and fixed a terrarium up for her. Housing stick insects is easy so long as they have vertical height to climb. Give them fresh sprigs of one of their food plants, and spray them daily. They will drink the water droplets off the glass and screen top. the female I had actually laid eggs that I'm anticipating to see hatch this spring! Who knows I may have just created myself a hobby!
|Positive ||hollys_hints ||On Sep 15, 2008, hollys_hints from Hersey, MI
(Zone 5a) wrote:
On Sept. 5, 2008 I was doing my daily walk thru my gardens to deadhead and get some flowers to bring in the house & as I was trimming spent blooms off my white Blue River Hibiscus - I saw something I have not ever seen in person (face to face)……..
…………..a real live walking stick!! What a fun surprise. They DOOOO exist and in northern Michigan, how about that.
Of course, I had to go in the house & get my camera - had to document this, you know. Thankfully it was still there when I got back to the Hibiscus. It did not seem to be in any hurry to go anywhere. With a little prodding, I was able to get it to pose for the camera.
It definitely looks like a walking stick. I googled ‘walking stick’ & Wikipedia states that there are 3,000 different walking sticks in all different shapes and sizes all over the world.
|Negative ||csuziwin ||On Apr 21, 2009, csuziwin from Shreveport, LA wrote:
we could not figure out what was eating our azaleas. my husband went out at night with a flashlight, and lo and behold they were covered with 2 striped walking sticks. we killed them with an insecticide immediately, and the azaleas recovered. they had almost been completely stripped of leaves.
|Positive ||luciee ||On Feb 15, 2010, luciee from Hanceville, AL
(Zone 7a) wrote:
we love walking sticks. this summer I will get to teach my 5 yr. old grandson about them. I was under the impression that they were praying mantises and kept the bug population under control. I looked them up and while they are somewhat kin, they are not mantises. Mantises eat bugs and walking sticks eat herbs.
|Positive ||Capnover ||On Jun 26, 2010, Capnover from Brandon, FL wrote:
I live in Brandon, FL. This morning I found a 3" long green walking stick on the screen door of our lanai. They are indeed a very strange looking critter, so I took several photos of it to add to my "collection". I will upload shortly the pick of the litter.
|Positive ||shewhoplants ||On Jul 5, 2010, shewhoplants from Tifton, GA
(Zone 8b) wrote:
Such an interesting bug. I love watching them as they turn their heads when watching you. We don't see them as often as we once did,here in Tifton, Ga. I think the insectsides used in growing crops is why. It's sad. Even th lightening bug numbers have dropped.
|Neutral ||themikesmom ||On Sep 18, 2011, themikesmom from Concord, NC wrote:
back in the 1980's my son found a large brown male walkingstick in upstate new york that was almost 11 inches long. we had a hard time finding a jar large enough for him to temporarily put it in. I can say that it had some very very aggressive movements and defense type mechanisms. They do not have stingers but the male has spines on the lower back end part of his body and if he can curl his abdomen up to grab you after he gets done making his rediculous defensive rocking type threatening jestures which the female also exhibits when scared although she can not stab you, or if you grab him to pick him up when hes feeling threatened or irratated with your hand, my son can atest that getting stabbed and pinched with these 'spines' is quite painful. So even though this is a fascinating appearing and neat creature I would advise extreme caution and respect when handling walking sticks especially the large brown male walking sticks.