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Cigar Stick insect molting

15 Aug

Last night I discovered my Cigar Stick insect (Cigarrophasma tessellatum) molting. I’ve raised quite a few insects that molt, but have only been lucky enough to see it a handful of times. I left it alone for most of it, since I’m always paranoid my presence will stress it out. So, here’s a picture of it molting, and then a few after pictures, with a couple from when it was smaller.

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Spiny leaf (Extatosoma tiaratum) hatchling!

12 Aug

Today one of my Spiny Leaf insect (Extatosoma tiaratum) eggs hatched!! I got the first ones in January from my captive-raised females, so it’s been a long wait. Was very surprised to see this adorable baby in the conatainer this morning. I didn’t get very many eggs before the adults passed, but hoping they are all viable.

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Meet the new kids on the block

26 Jun

Just a quick post to introduce you all to my latest additions to the creepy crawly family.

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Top left: Fire-back Huntsman (Beregama cordata)
Top right: Cigar Stick insect nymph (Cigarrophasma tessellatum)
Bottom right: Giant Burrowing Cockroach nymph (Macropanesthia rhinoceros)
Bottom right: Wuelfing Stick insect nymph (Acrophylla wuelfingi)

I’ll be doing some follow-up posts with more in-depth information on all these guys, as well as on their progress and growth.

Goliath Stick Insect

3 Mar

Hey everyone! Sorry I’ve been absent lately but I’ve had lots going on between family and school commitments.

I did want to share with you a picture of one of my female Goliath Stick insects (Eurycnema goliath). She is now a massive adult and has already been mated. 

Enjoy!

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Child-like Curiosity

6 Jan

“I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

I was reminded today about the natural curiosity of children.  A reader wrote a very kind comment on one of my posts that had pictures of the kids holding all kinds of insects.

It’s been a bit of a rough few weeks for me so it was nice to have a reminder to sit back and enjoy the little things, literally.  So, after taking a look back through the old post (that you can find HERE) I thought I’d do a similar post.

And can I just preface this by saying that Grace, the little girl wearing goggles, almost bolted for the door when she first came into my bug room. But the proof is in the pudding; however you behave around things you fear, is exactly how your kids will learn to react.

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Adult Male Spiny Leaf

13 Nov

I was so excited to find my male Spiny Leaf had done his final moult into adulthood. I have to admit,  the massive size and wings were a bit of a shock. And since this is my first time raising them, it was a real treat to see. 

Here are some pictures. Sorry for the quality, I took them on my phone. I’m going to do a proper shoot soon.

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The naming of the Spiny’s!

21 Sep

So, quick post to update everyone on what I decided to call my three gorgeous Spiny Leaf’s. I’d like to thank everyone who had suggestions, either here or on Facebook, but I’ve decided on the following:

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This beautiful girl will be called Lucy. Partly because my daughter Charlie came up with it on her own and also, to pay homage to an Aunt of mine (yes, named Lucy) who is the polar opposite of me when it comes to insects.  So, what’s funnier than naming one after her?

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This guy will be named Ricky. And for those of you old enough, you’ll know why. But as a funny aside, my uncle, who is married to my Aunt Lucy, is also named Rick! Funny, huh?

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And, last but not least, this guy shall be named Groot.  Thanks again to my pal Michael on this suggestion. If you’ve seen the movie Guardians of the Universe, this choice will be a Keanu Reeves ‘whoaaaa’ moment.

So, there you have them.  All named and feeding happily on eucalypts in their home in my office.  And besides probably being annoyed with me for wanting to hold them a hundred times a day, they seem to be relaxing into their new space.