My female Giant Northern Stick Insect finally molted to adult. Also known as the Wuelfing’s Stick insect (Acrophyllas wuelfingi), this big beauty is one of Australia’s largest stick insects, with the female of the species reaching up to 210mm (8+ inches)!
Here’s a picture of her when I first got her. I’m guessing she was at least 3rd instar (3rd stage of development after two molts).
And here she is now, just 5 short months later…
Just like other stick insects, Wuelfing’s are parthenogenetic, which means the females do not need a male to lay viable eggs. All offspring from these eggs will, however, be clones of the mother.
These beautiful creatures will live for up to a year, and can produce hundreds of eggs in their lifetime. I will be doing a follow up post addressing stick insect eggs and their care.
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So, I finally got a good quality video of one of my Spiny leaf insects (Extatosoma tiaratum) hatching. I’m so happy to finally catch this amazing event. I’ve always wondered how such a gangly (yet still small) insect comes from such a tiny egg. You’ll notice that the legs almost seem pliable at first, which probably explains their ability to be folded up in such a tiny space. A lot like humans, it seems! The action takes place near the bottom third of the screen. Be sure to click on the ‘enlarge screen’ tab to really get a close-up look. And don’t worry, the egg came off of his/her foot eventually. 🙂
These guys are hatching so quickly now! I’m trying to get more video of these and the Spiny Leaf’s hatching, so be patient. Just couldnt help share a quick little picture with you all. They probably aren’t more than an inch long. 🙂
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.
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.