Devil's Rider Yellow Form Stick
Bug (Anisomorpha buprestoides) (PSG-12 ?)
||USA, Florida, Myakka State Park, most common
Devil's Rider is an old name for Walking Stick.
But the mane reason they are called Devil's Rider,
is that the insects are usually found in pairs.
Even though they are not always mating! They are
Ova takes up to 3 month to hatch. Both sexes have
one spray gland on each side, just below the neck.
They are able to aim accurately up, forward or side
ways when spraying as a defence. They are able to
choose to either use only one spray gland or both.
Both sexes will spray for up to 20cm with accuracy,
and can spray the area of well with in 30- 40 cm.
Though males tend to have a lot more milder chemical.
Their two sacks of this toxin are stretched well
thru their whole section of the thorax, which are
lined with strong muscles for maximum spray distance.
The chemical that they spray is indeed quite unique,
it contains IO carbon atoms, of which five are formed
into a ring. Thus the compound name was given and
called: Anisomorphal. Anisomorphal have a very same
chemical resemblance as Catnip, formally known as
Nepetalactone. In nature, they can be often found
on their favourite plant Lyonia lucida.
Caution: These Phasmids
are sprayers, if liquid will get into human or animal
eyes, it may cause temporary blindness or even chemical
burning of cornea and painfully irritating if inhaled.
This is accomplished by a pair of meta-thoracic
defense glands located on top of the thorax. In
the case of an accident, immediately wash the eyes
with sterile saline or at least water and consult
a doctor or eye professionals.
Females: get 5.5- 8 cm long.
Males: get 3- 4.5 cm long.
Diet: Oak, Privit,
Bramble, Lyonia lucida
also known as fetterbush (seems to be their top