Southern Two-Striped Stickbug

Anisomorpha buprestoides “Key West”

Mixed nymphs: $10/each ( Contact for availability )
Starter colony (12 mixed nymphs): $80 ( Contact for availability )

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  • Adult Size: 50-90 mm.
  • Care Level: Easy.
  • Temperature Requirements: 70-85 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Air Humidity: Not picky.
  • Substrate Humidity: Not picky.
  • Favorite Foods: Bramble, oak, honeysuckle, privet.
  • Locality: Key West, Florida, United States.

This a sizable, durable, native stickbug species for the budding phasmatodiculturalist (try saying that ten times fast!). Two-striped stickbugs are one of the easiest two work with, as they accept a wide range of common host plants, tolerate dryness with ease, and aren’t physically fragile. The one trade-off is a propensity to spray an eye-irritating liquid at would-be attackers, however I find this secretion quite pleasant smelling and captive reared stock does not seem to possess the same potency as wild-caught individuals. Behavior is an odd mix of “typical” stickbugs and cockroaches; at times many individuals will be about the enclosure on food branches and decor, while occasionally they will form a pile of bodies underneath bark or in the corners. This strain originates from Key West, potentially making it the southernmost record/population of this species! Out of hundreds of trees surveyed, they were only found on a single small mangrove.