Walkingstick insects are found all over the world. In Michigan, the native species is called northern walkingsticks. Walkingsticks use their long, slender, sticklike bodies to camouflage with their surroundings. They feed on foliage of many different types of plants and feed mostly at night time, when their main predator, birds, aren’t as active.
Many walkingstick species can be parthenogenic, which means females are able to lay unfertilized eggs resulting in more females. They breed rapidly so you are likely to see many different life stages of our walkingsticks when visiting them at the Nature Center.
Life span: About one year
Size: Males – 7-8 inches, Females – 3-6 inches
Food Habits: Herbivore