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Two Striped Walking Stick /Musk Mare

I was out Plein air painting today in an old pasture.
There were alot of these Musk Mares around. Evidently, one was on the top of my car & when I opened the door to get in, it fell on my shoulder!
Since I didn't see what landed on me, I just instinctively flicked it off my shoulder to the ground.
When I did it must've sprayed.
It didn't get me in the eyes, but the fumes burned my nose so bad that I could hardly breath.
I held my nose, but the burning went to my throat - it was like I had been sprayed with mace! I walked it off & it got feeling OK after a few minutes.
When I got close to the car again, the fumes were still there & immediately started to burn my throat & I had to wait to get in the car.
I've heard these things can burn the eyes, but has anyone noted how they affect your nose & lungs?

I guess I am extremly lucky the spray didn't make a direct hit!


Sounds bad. What are Two-striped Walking Sticks and Musk Mares?

Two-Lined Walking Stick
Looked just like this one!

Wow, yuck!
Good to know these things! I had no idea they could do that. Luckily I've never seen one around here. Glad it wore off fairly quickly!

I had no idea either
That's the 1st I've heard about their chemical defenses. I've never held one of these, but have watched groups of hundreds of these (perhaps a mating behaviour) from 1 or 2 feet. Have also kept a couple for observation in an aquarium. In Florida at certain times of the year, thousands can be seen in some areas (on the roads) - It's like a mass migration

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