This oddly named walkingstick species, present in fairly large numbers at the Archbold Biological Station in Venus, FL, USA) gets its name from the fact that individuals are often found in pairs, with the smaller male astride the much larger female. Males may attach to females for weeks prior to mating.
Individuals of this aposematically colored species protect themselves from predators by spraying a foul smelling, noxious mixture of chemicals from an eye-shaped gland at the front of the prothorax, directly beneath the orange dorsal stripe running the length of the body.
BugShot 2012’s abundance of white boxes allowed all of us to do some white box photography. This image, though far from spectacular, was one of my first.
Looking forward to constructing a few white boxes and improving my white box photography skills this winter!