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Spiny Leaf insect hatching (Extatosoma tiaratum) Great video!

16 Sep

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. 🙂

Spring has sprung!

23 Aug

Spring is definitely here in Australia! So far I’ve had my Spiny leaf (Extatosoma tiaratums) eggs start hatching.

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Then a praying mantis ooth I’ve kept finally hatched into around 20 tiny, adorable baby mantids.

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And now my Goliath Stick insect (Eurynema goliath) eggs have begun to hatch. What an exciting week!!
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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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