This is the most common stick insect in Florida, found from the panhandle to the keys. The range extends through the southeastern coastal states from Mississippi to South Carolina.
Two-striped walking sticks are large and stouter than most stick insects. Females average 6.8 cm (2-2/3 in.) in length, the smaller and more slender males average 4.2 cm (1-2/3 in.) long. The smaller male is often found joined to and riding on the back of the female.
Throughout most of their range Anisomorpha buprestoides are brown with three conspicuous black stripes. A distinctly different black and white color form is found only in the Ocala National Forest scrub.
Anisomorpha buprestoides is a member of the Pseudophasmatidae - Striped Walkingsticks family.
For more information on this species, visit the following link:
University of Florida IFAS Featured Creatures page for this species
Date record last modified: Dec 13, 2009