They say everything is bigger in Texas and some insects don’t disappoint. The walkingstick is no exception, measuring up to 7” in length.
This stick-looking insect is a fascinating species. The yellow, green or brown color allows them to camouflage and blend into the plant they’re on. Their body is also capable of swaying with the wind or plant movement to deter predators.
In the fall, female walkingsticks will deposit their eggs on a plant host or one at a time on the ground. Eggs will be well hidden so not to be eaten. Females do not necessarily need to mate to lay eggs. She can lay an unfertilized egg to still hatch and grow.
Feeding on your trees and plants, walkingsticks can damage your pecan, cherry, apple, dogwood and oak foliage. The adult walkingstick feeds at night while the nymphs feed during the day. They are not picky eaters, so you may find them on various plants or shrubs.
Walkingstick insects are one of the more laid-back insects. They don’t make noise, jump, fly and they rarely fight. They’re slow and wingless and look like a plant branch. They don’t sting, pinch or bite; making them non-threatening. Sounds like the perfect insect or pet.
These insects look cool, and they don’t do much damage. However, if you’re having other insect related issues, call Safe Earth Pest Control today for all your pest control needs. 214-321-2847