kids encyclopedia robot

Timema facts for kids

Kids Encyclopedia Facts
Timema sp. - walking stick insect.jpg
Timema genevieve on the leaves of chamise (Adenostoma fasciculatum).
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Phasmatodea
Suborder: Timematodea
Family: Timematidae
Genus: ''Timema''
Timema poppensis camouflaged on its host, Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens), California
Timema poppensis camouflaged on its host, Sequoia sempervirens (redwood)

Timema is a genus of short-bodied, somewhat thicker stick insects. They are native to the far western United States.

Compared to other stick insects (order Phasmatodea), the genus Timema is basal. It is the earliest living branch to diverge from the phylogenetic tree of the Phasmatodea. To emphasize this, all other stick insects are sometimes described as "Euphasmatodea."

Five of the 21 species of Timema are parthenogenetic, including two species that have done sexual reproduction for a million years. This is the longest known asexual period for any insect.

Timema sticks are night-feeders: they spend daytime resting on the leaves or bark of the plants they feed on. They are camouflaged. Timema species have colours (green, gray, or brown) and patterns (stripes or dots) which match their background.

Images for kids

kids search engine
Timema Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.