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Order Phasmida - Walkingsticks

Portrait of Female Two-Striped Walkingstick - Anisomorpha buprestoides - female Walking Stick - Diapheromera - male Greasewood Walking Stick - Diapheromera covilleae - male Blatchley's Walking-stick - Manomera blatchleyi - Manomera blatchleyi - female Two-striped Walkingstick - Anisomorpha buprestoides - male Unknown sticks mating. - Anisomorpha buprestoides - male - female Diapheromera femorata Timema cristinae - female
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Phasmida (Walkingsticks)
Other Common Names
stick insects, sticks, devil's riding horse, prairie alligator, witch's horse, devil's darning needle, musk mare (Thomas 2003)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Phasmatodea, Phasmatoptera, Cheleutoptera
in the past, this group has been subsumed into various other orders, e.g. treated as a [super]family within a broadly defined Orthoptera. Currently the two are treated as closely related but separate orders; the latest molecular data places it closest to the NotopteraEmbiidina lineage(1)
Explanation of Names
from Greek phasma (φασμα) 'apparition, phantom'(2)
29 spp. in 10 genera in our area (3), ca. 3000 worldwide(4); 16 spp. in 6 genera in TX(5)
Body and legs very long and slender; no wings in our spp. (one species in Florida has very short wings, many exotic forms are fully winged)
Recent revision:(6)
Largely tropical, mostly Oriental(3); in NA, much more diverse in the South, scarcely represented in the North
Usually found on trees or shrubs
Internet References
Texas walkingsticks (Quinn 2012)