Minnesota Walkingsticks

Order Phasmatodea

Phasmatodea (also called Phasmida or Phasmatoptera) is an order of insects commonly known as walking sticks or stick-bugs. They are characterized by having very long, slim bodies; no wings (except for one species in Florida with very short wings); usually 5-segmented tarsi (end leg segments); 1-segmented cerci (sensory appendages at the end of the abdomen); and usually long and slender antennae. These are plant-feeding insects. They strongly resemble twigs and are very difficult to spot.

More than 3,000 species have been described worldwide. There are 29 species in 10 genera in North America north of Mexico.




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northern walkingstick (Diapheromera femorata)
















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