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These insects are large, strong, robust creatures and their spines can inflict minor cuts on human skin. However, Eurycantha are exceptional in this mode of defense. T. Dossey defensive spray in a pair of laterally symmetric glands in their prothorax which has openings on each side just behind the head (Chow and Lin 1986; Dossey 2009, 2010; Eisner et al. 1997; Eisner 1965; Happ et al. 1966). All the examples of walkingstick sprays given in this chapter are tropical species, with the exception of Anisomorpha buprestoides, which ranges from subtropical to temperate USA.
2007; Badri et al. 2008). More surprisingly, plants can be extremely specific in this communication. For example, when attacked by the tobacco budworm (Heliothis virescens), tobacco, cotton, and maize plants can emit a particular blend of chemicals that attracts the parasitic wasp Cardiochiles nigriceps, which lays its eggs in the budworm larvae. If attacked by the closely related Heliothis zea, the plants emit a different chemical cocktail, and the parasitic wasps are not attracted (DeMoraes et al.