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. 🙂
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.