An orange form pair of two-striped walking sticks on a sandy beach. Photo used courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Anisomorpha buprestoides can be found in North America in the southeastern region, however, their exact boundary is not entirely known (Conle et al. 2009).  Even though A. buprestoides can be easily found in the previously stated southeastern states they are more predominantly found in Florida (Conle et al. 2009).

Throughout Florida there are three different color and size variations of A. buprestoides (Conle et al. 2009).  These color forms of A. buprestoides can be found in a variation of habitats; ranging from arid and sandy to a more vegetative humid environment (Conle et al. 2009).  The three color variations are orange, white and brown; all three do have the two iconic black stripes that help identify their species (Conle et al. 2009).  The two-striped walking sticks that are found in the arid/sandy locations are always orange and white (Conle et al. 2009).  The brown A. buprestoides has never been found in the same habitat as the orange and white two-striped walking stick (Conle et al. 2009).  Living in a more vegetative environment is not the only difference the brown A. buprestoides has in comparison to the orange and white varieties; the brown two-striped walking stick has a habit of coming out from hiding during the evening (Conle et al. 2009).A brown form two-striped walking stick blends into its woody environment. Photo used courtesy of Travis Mitchell.

Throughout Florida there seems to be a large variation of coloration in the A. buprestoides (Conle et al. 2009).  The southern two-striped walking stick colorations appear to be related to camouflaging the arthropod (Conle et al. 2009).  Other than the coloration the A. buprestoides appears to be very adaptable to its environment (Conle et al. 2009) in the southeastern region of the United States (Conle et al. 2009; Littig 1942; Dossey et al. 2008). Regardless of nocturnal activities and color, A. buprestoides has the same appetite where ever it can be found (Conle et al. 2009).
A white form pair of two-striped walkingsticks clings to its food source. Photo used courtesy of John Humphreys.

A. buprestoides is a herbivore (Gunning 1987) and can more commonly be found eating various oaks (Conle et al. 2009).  In addition to oaks our “devil rider” has been found munching on several forms of willows in congruence with rosemary, staggerbush, tree lyonia, sweet gum, sand heath and other various leafy plants (Conle et al. 2009).  Strangely enough A. buprestoides can be found resting on the long leaves of the saw palmetto and/or hiding away under the dead bark of trees typically pine; neither of these plants appear to be a part of their dietary regimen (Conle et al. 2009).


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