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Order Phasmatodea


The Phasmatodae are elongated, sticklike insects with chewing mouthparts. Most are wingless or nearly so. Legs are long and spaced far apart. Antennae are long and many segmented. Metamorphosis is gradual, the life stages being the egg, nymph, and adult. Walkingsticks feed on the leaves of plants.

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Walking stick from display case in Waters Hall

Family: Heteronemiidae

Diapheromera veli - common walkingsticks

size: 3-31/4 (77-83mm)

Habitat: Found on bushes or low herbage in sandy areas.

**most of the images included in these pages are from the 'Insects in Kansas' Book. They are freely available for student and noncommercial use (according to their copyright agreement with each photographer) at the PDIS image site, http://www.pdis.org/default.aspx

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