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Photo Friday: Devil-riders

This male Devil-rider is dwarfed by the massive bulk of the female to which he clings, hooking his tiny tarsal claws under a ridge along the side of her thorax. Stubbornly remaining in copula even after I removed the pair from a shrub at the Archbold Biological Station in Florida, his determination will ultimately result in the persistence of his genes in their offspring.

Anisomorpha buprestoides (Southern Two-Striped Walkingstick, Devil Rider, or Musk Mare)

Anisomorpha buprestoides (Southern Two-Striped Walkingstick, Devil Rider, or Musk Mare)

A beautiful example of sexual dimorphism, as well as aposematic coloration (the bold orange and black stripes warn potential predators of their formidable chemical defenses), this pair of  Anisomorpha buprestoides (also called Southern Two-striped Walkingsticks or Musk Mares) are the only Phasmids I’ve ever encountered in the wild!

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Photo details:

f-8, 11mm (top)/16mm(bottom), 1/200sec, ISO 80, Raynox clip-on, on-camera flash with snoot diffuser in a white box.

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3 responses to “Photo Friday: Devil-riders

  1. Susannah Anderson (@WanderinWeeta) September 9, 2012 at 3:09 AM

    What’s that red “button” just beneath the male’s first leg joint?

    • TGIQ September 9, 2012 at 9:53 AM

      It’s a mite of some kind…I didn’t notice it until after I was processing the images. Also, there’s a teeny fly sitting on the male’s back, near the middle pair of legs. Voyeurs, lol!

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