Tonight I was in the insect room (yes, I have an entire room for them) cleaning the cages and making sure everyone was fed. I decided to move my “video” cage full of various eggs to a smaller container to move a huntsman to the larger one. I wasn’t really expecting anything to hatch at 9pm at night (they usually hatch between 5-10am) so, imagine my surprise when I looked down and saw a Violet-winged Stick insect hatching! I quickly grabbed my phone and started video taping. The video is nearly 3 minutes long, and at the very end I switch it off to help the insect get loose of the egg casing (per my worried daughter’s wishes), so rest assured, everything turned out okay.
This is what the Violet-wing (also known as the Spur-Legged Stick insect) looks like as nymph.
And this is what they look like as adults.
These stick insects, like most, feed on eucalyptus leaves. The males are able to fly, but the females do not. These insects occur on the east coast of Australia. They get their common name obviously from the colour on their wings, but their other common name ‘spur legged’ is from the distinctive spurs on the male’s thicker hind legs.