(Fort worth, texas USA) not sure what this is hangs around my porch with backs up to a wooded creek area. carries it’s young on it’s back
This is a pair of striped walkingsticks. The small one on the back is the male. These insects feed on trees and shrubs eating the foliage. They are known to eat oak, crepe myrtle, lyonia, rosemary, roses and even privet in captivity.
When disturbed they can spray a fine liquid mist that smells bad and can seriously affect the eye from a foot away. So do not get too close.