Habitat & Geography


Megaphasma detricus can be found mostly on wooden floors of forests, trees, shrubs, and grasslands. The trees that these giant walking sticks are found are mostly elm and mesquite(Arment 2006). These trees and shrubs can vary in height from a few inches all the way to one hundred feet (Wilkins 1951). However, Megaphasma detricus are most abundant closer to the ground. This species of insects are also found on grapevines which they will eat as well. A reason for living in these certain habitats is the use of camouflage to hide from predators. According to Broyles in 2000, Megaphasma detricus choose to live in a moist habitat for the best survival rate of offspring hatching (Broyles 2000). In a study done by Wilkins in 1951, he found the species in close proximity with each other either mating or in sets within a foot of other giant walking sticks (Wilkins 1951).


Wilkins also helped determine the distribution of these giant walking sticks ranging from Louisiana and Indiana on the east, Wisconsin and Iowa on the north, and Texas and Kansas on the west. Though, they are mostly prominent in the central and southern parts on the United States such as Texas, they have been found more places throughout time like Mexico and Wisconsin (Wilkins 1951).

            Megaphasma detricus was first discovered in Opelousas, Louisiana. These giant walking sticks are closely related to Diapheromera carolina and Diapheromera femorata in the kind of habitat they can be found (Wilkins 1951).


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