Texas Cooperative Extension, Texas A&M University System
Department of Entomology, Texas A&M University

Order Phasmida


Phasmida have elongate bodies. Our species are wingless as adults. However, some tropical forms are winged and are called leaf insects. They have extremely elongate and stick-like bodies with long legs and long antennae. These insects have chewing mouthparts and feed on foliage.

They have one generation per year. Walkingsticks are slow-moving and are generally found on trees or shrubs. Walkingsticks are able to regenerate lost legs.

They have gradual metamorphosis. Large females may be over 7 inches long.

Insects in this order: walkingsticks

Walkingsticks, Anisomorpha sp., mating. Photo by Merchant.
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Anisomorpha sp.
Photo by M. E. Merchant

From the book:
Field Guide to Texas Insects,
Drees, B.M. and John Jackman,
Copyright 1999, Gulf Publishing Company,
Houston, Texas

A Field Guide to Common Texas Insects, Bastiaan M. Drees and John A. Jackman.
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