Northern Walking Sticks (Diapheromera femorata)

This insect likes to live in small bushes and plants where it can use its amazing camouflage to hide from predators. They look so much like the plants they live on it is hard to find them.

Description: 

The males are smaller than females at around 3 inches long. Males are brown and females tend to be more greenish brown. The females are usually 3.75 inches long. They are quite small but often extend their front legs to blend in with twigs and when they do this, the front legs look just like antennae. If they lose a limb, young walking sticks can grow a new limb during molting but the new one will be weaker and possibly shorter than the old one. Adults cannot regrow their limbs.

Habitat: 

Native to the United States and Canada, they prefer a deciduous forest, which means forests with trees that lose their leaves every year. They can live in the trees and eat the leaves of the trees where they live. They prefer these types of forests so they can lay their eggs in the leaves that fall each year to the ground.

Range: 

Primarily found in the eastern half of the United States and Canada, although they have also been seen in other parts of the United States.

Diet: 

The foliage of deciduous trees. They only eat at night.

Life Span: 

One season. As the nymphs grow they molt or shed their exoskeleton and each time they look more and more like the adults.

Family Life: 

Lay one egg at a time on the ground but can lay up to 150 each time. The eggs incubate over the winter. In spring, they hatch, and then are called nymphs, and crawl to the nearest vegetation. The eggs look like little black and white beans.

Status: 

Stable.