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undescribed sp. 'Cuesta Ridge'

Timema sp. - Timema - male - female Timema sp. - Timema - male - female Timema sp. - Timema - female Timema sp. - Timema - male - female Timema feeding etiquette: Ladies first! ;-) - Timema - male - female Timema feeding etiquette: Ladies first! ;-) - Timema - male - female Timema 'Cuesta Ridge'...terminalia - Timema - male - female Timema sp.
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Phasmida (Walkingsticks)
Family Timematidae
Genus Timema
No Taxon undescribed sp. 'Cuesta Ridge'
Explanation of Names
Found on Cuesta Ridge, San Luis Obispo Co., CA
Food
Host plant: Sargent Cypress (Hesperocyparis sargentii, formerly Cupressus sargentii), a somewhat rare conifer endemic to serpentine substrates.
Remarks
Alice Abela found the mating pair and single female in the posts below on April 5, 2015:
       
She also posted 13 more images of those 3 individuals on Flickr, starting here (click on left edge of each image to scroll to the next). They were found on Sargent Cypress (Hesperocyparis sargentii)...which at that time was not given as a host plant for any published species of Timema. BugGuide Timema editor Aaron Schusteff saw Alice's post and speculated this might be a new species. A week later they searched for the Timema again. After many hours, and on the verge of turning back, Alice finally found a single mating pair, and photos were obtained of explicit feeding on Hesperocyparis sargentii:
   
Soon thereafter, Aaron noticed that a talk on Timema was scheduled for April 22 in Santa Barbara. Alice was able to attend, and afterwards mentioned her find to both the speaker (Timema researcher Patrik Nosil of the University of Sheffield, UK) and his local colleague (long-time Timema expert, Cristina Sandoval of UC Santa Barbara). They informed Alice that they were aware of the population, and that it was indeed an undescribed "new" species.