Claim: Texas dog has unfortunate encounter with a walkingstick from Belize.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2003]
Safety Notice — Nasty Walkingstick Bug
Be on the lookout for this bug…
Here is a safety related tid bit that I discovered because of my dog. This could be useful for those of us and our families outside. On Monday night my dog sniffed at a rather large bug (about
Here is a quote from a commercial fruit grower in Florida sent to me by the entomologist: “I went out to pick blueberries yesterday and found the bushes loaded with walking stick insects. As I picked I took to having sneezing fits. I then noticed that an unusual scent as the sneezing fit came over me. I wondered what the source of the substance could be, as I continued picking I glimpsed wisps of a yellowish color appearing in the air as the scent occurred. Then a walking stick jumped onto my hat just above my right eye, it let me have a face full of it’s defense secretion & I thought that I had been sprayed with mace!”
Another reported in the gulf coast is Anisomorpha buprestoides — same capabilities. They can actually spray this chemical defense spray about 10 to
After checking my yard I found three more of these and killed them they are an undesirable import and the
Just when you thought killer bees were bad enough.
Origins: There are a couple of issues to tackle here:
1. Does the above message describe an encounter with
According to the Entomology department at
2. Do walkingsticks spray a compound that can be harmful to one’s eyes?
Either species of walkingstick mentioned here
As with most bugs that do not pose an immediate threat, the best advice is generally to just leave them alone — if you don’t bother them, they won’t bother you. Pets are another matter, of course, because they aren’t so easily taught what to avoid. Just about any pet allowed to roam outside freely will encounter a variety of bugs (e.g., bees, wasps, ants, spiders) that could potentially cause them discomfort or injury through biting, stinging, or other defensive means, and even the most dedicated of pet owners can’t kill off every bug that might harm their animals. About the best pet owners can do is to hope their pets learn through experience which bugs to leave alone, and try to be alert to the first signs of discomfort in their pets so that any serious bites or stings are treated as quickly as possible.
Last updated: 17 March 2008
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