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August 16th, 2008, 03:29 AM
I got up at 8:15am this morning to find my Indian Stick Insects had laid their first egg. I looked, but there only appears to be one!!!

Congratulations, Stick Bugs!!!!


August 16th, 2008, 04:22 AM
That's cool! :)
I hope all goes well.

I just searched and found this summary:

Indian stick insects can reproduce in the absence of a male (parthenogenetic reproduction). A female will lay hundreds of tiny (0.08 inch or 2 mm) eggs over her life. These are smooth and round, and can be collected from the bottom of the cage if desired. Place them in a tub of sand or vermiculite and leave in a warm place. They may take up to a year to hatch, and they should be kept in small separate rearing containers until they reach adulthood when they can be housed in small groups (similar environment to adults, feed a fresh supply of leaves often). The babies ("nymphs") molt several times before reaching adulthood, and during this process they will hang suspended from a branch or the lid of the container. Molting is an extremely vulnerable time in development, and the insects should be left alone and not handled until the new exoskeleton is hardened after a molt.

"They may take up to a year to hatch..." ! :foh:
That's a long wait to see the babies.

Clair de la Lune
August 16th, 2008, 04:34 AM
Wow! That is way cool! See if you can upload some pictures of the adults for us if you can, please. Thanks! I have no idea what they look like much less what a tank you keep them in would look like. Please show both without disturbing the eggs if you can.

Good luck! :hahugh:

August 16th, 2008, 08:36 AM
Here are pictures of the adults. Its hard to take pictures of the eggs (they are tiny) so I have found one on the net for you to see!!!


August 16th, 2008, 08:47 AM
Used to keep three kinds of Stick Insect...4 at one time. I had Indians, but also Pink Winged, these prickly stick insects and a jungle variety. The local reptile shop here has these wonderful leaf ones...look just like leafs...keep meaning to pick some up as they are so fascinating.