Walking Stick Invasion
Walking Sticks From Asia Are Invading California
According to the California Gardening Forum, Walking Sticks from Asia are invading California and devouring gardens along the coast from San Diego to San Francisco. The suspected source is a young lad who ordered the insects from Asia over the Internet as pets and then released them where they multiplied quickly to the point where they are now a garden pest that no one is sure how to eradicate. The Walking Stick in the above photos was captured in my daughter's garden in Berkeley.
According to Wikipedia there are several varieties of Walking Sticks. They range in length from one inch to more than a foot in length and are found in the United States, South America and elsewhere in the world where they damage trees, shrubs and gardens.
An article on Walking Sticks from the California Gardening Forum is linked below.
Walking Stick--Phasmatodea Wikipedia
- Phasmatodea - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Walking Sticks--Help!!! They're Eating Us to Ruin!!!
- Walking Sticks - Help!!!! They\'re eating us to ruin!!! - California Gardening Forum - GardenWeb
What a nightmare here!! My neighbors and I are going wild. We have been invaded by Walking Sticks. They come from India and southeast Asia. They are of the order Phasmida (formerly grouped with Orthoptera [grasshoppers and crickets]).