Not a walkingstick… it’s an assassin bug (genus Emesaya).
These and other members of the subfamily Emisinae are called thread-legged bugs. They are true bugs more closely related to things like stinkbugs and milkweed bugs than to walkingsticks, despite the similar appearance.
Thread-legged bugs are predators, and their two front legs are modified for grabbing and grasping, much like those in praying mantids. They are small insects, averaging less than 1.3 in (3 cm), though some may reach twice that length.
Some species have been observed stealing insects caught in spider webs, and even hunting the web’s owner itself. As in other assassin bugs, thread-legged bugs have a sturdy, straw-like proboscis that they puncture their prey with; they inject a lethal saliva that also liquifies the prey’s insides, and then suck it up.
Thread-legged bugs can be found through much of the year and across most of the continental United States, into parts of southern Canada.
photo by Jenn Forman Orth (urtica) on Flickr
(via: Peterson Field Guides)