Northern walkingstick in exhibit

Northern Walkingstick

Scientific Name

Diaphermoera femorata

Class

Insecta

Order

Phasmatoptera

Range

North America

Habitat

Hardwood forests and residential areas

Estimated Wild Population

n/a
Northern walkingstick in exhibit
IUCN Conservation Status: Not Listed IUCN Conservation Status: Not Listed

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Physical Description

Northern walkingsticks are wingless insects with a cylindrical, elongated body and a small, square-shaped head supporting long antennae. They can reach up to three and a half inches in length. Males are brown and females are green. Both sexes feed on tree and shrubbery foliage, with a preference for oak and hazelnut trees. Before winter, females drop their eggs, one at a time, onto the forest floor. Newborns hatch in the spring and receive no parental care.

Interesting Fact 1

Northern walking sticks molt five times while developing into maturity.

Interesting Fact 2

They hide from predators by remaining motionless with their legs tucked close to their body.

Interesting Fact 3

They can regenerate lost limbs.

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