Phasmatodea: Walkingsticks

(from the Greek: phasm = phantom)

Walkingsticks are long, stick-like, wingless insects with chewing mouthparts and incomplete metamorphosis. We only have a few species in this part of the country, and they are difficult to confuse with other kinds of insects. Walkingsticks are herbivores, feeding on the leaves of trees and shrubs. Walkingsticks are closely related to mantids, crickets, and grasshoppers, and are included in the order Orthoptera in some insect guides.