After we came inside, we headed to the National Audubon Society Field Guide to Insects & Spiders (1980). One of the decided perks of being in relationship with a Field Scientist is that we seem to have no shortage on Field Guides. The internet was also at our fingertips. So what did we learn:
- Males are 3" and Females 3.25".
- Males are brown; Females are greenish brown.
- They are wingless.
- Antennae are about 2/3 the length of the body.
- They are at home in deciduous woods an forests.
- They feed on folaige of deciduous treees and shrubs with an especial fondness for Oaks and Hazelnuts.
- Their resemblance to slender twigs camouflages them from Predators.
- Predators include: Common Grackle, White Footed Mouse, Blue Jay, Wild Turkey, American Robin.
- Walking Sticks stay very still in the Day. When attacked, they emit a foul smell.
- This slender Insect can regenerate a lost Leg.
- Mating occurs in the Fall.
- Eggs overwinter with hatch in the Spring.
~~~~http://www.fcps.edu/islandcreekes/ecology/northern_walkingstick.htm [Fairfax County Schools (VA), Island Creek Elementary]