Nearly there…

Well, after months of an agonising wait, it seems that the end is in sight; I now have a subadult female Peruphasma schultei (along with many younger ones) to mate with my two adult males and other soon-to-be adult males. It has been nearly seven months since these first hatched in August and I still have yet to see a mating pair, so hopefully the first one will be soon.

Here are a few pictures of her:

In comparison to an adult male (she is the one on the top):

Winging It

Pictured above is my adult female Pseudophasma fulrum. Since my last post about this species in the introduction, two more males have matured and another female has become close to maturity, as indicated by the red wing buds pictured below:

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Most of these guys are now sub adults and have shown relatively fast growth when compared to their fellow inmates enclosure occupants, Peruphasma schulteiwhich haven’t produced any adults (apart from ones I picked up at the AES that were already adult) since they first hatched in August.

This species is a great flyer, particularly the males; it is a bit of a struggle to do anything with the males, since they will constantly fly away whenever they are handled. The females are a bit better and less likely to make a flight for it, but I still do not dare to underestimate their flying abilities.

I decided to record both a male’s flight and a female’s flight in slow motion; unfortunately, the videos were not of a high enough quality to upload, thus I will have to redo the videos and will therefore hopefully be able to upload them in another post soon.

 

 

 

Last One Standing

Unfortunately, only one Necrosciinae sp “Tam Dao” is left, with all the others now having perished. I suspect that the others have perished due to insufficient ventilation which probably resulted in fungal infections. The one that did survive, however, was always larger than the others and thus I believe it was less susceptible to contracting fungal infections, in addition to spending more time in a separate enclosure (which had more ventilation) due to being large enough not to escape through the holes in the enclosure.  I am looking for some of this species currently (lesson learnt; this time, they will have a lot more ventilation).

Here are some pictures of the remaining nymph; it is currently in the 4th instar and should be reaching maturity fairly soon.

Introduction

Hello all,

My name is Maciek and I am a stick insect enthusiast. I started this blog so that I had somewhere to document the growth, development and progress all of my species. I currently keep eight species, which are:

Carausius morosus (Indian/Laboratory Sticks)

I have nymphs and adults from this species; I don’t keep any ova to hatch as nymphs always appear out of nowhere! This was my first species of stick insect ever, receiving the ova back in January 2013.

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Oreophoetes peruana (Peruvian Fire Stick)

I have nymphs, adults and ova from this species, first obtaining eggs in April 2015 and first hatchings occurring in July 2015. This is a lovely, small, fern-eating species from Peru with bright red males and black, white and orange females. This species also has glands just behind the head that are used to spray a white defensive substance containing quinoline when disturbed.

 

Sipyloidea sipylus (Pink Winged Stick Insect)

I have nymphs, adults and ova from this species. I first obtained the ova of this Madagascan, all-female species in May 2015 and the first hatchings occurred in July 2015. This species also possesses white/light pink wings laced with red that can be used for short flights.

Peruphasma schultei (Black Beauty Stick Insect)

I have nymphs and adult males of this species (still waiting for some females to mature…).The eggs were received in April 2015 and the first hatchings occurred in August 2015, however due to fungus wiping out all but three nymphs I decided to pick up three nymphs, one adult female and two adult males at the AES in October 2015; one nymph died almost immediately and the female, after a month of refusing to mate and lay eggs, died four weeks later. This is another species with a defensive spray, however I have yet to witness this. These guys come from only a few hectares of Cordillera del Condor in Peru.

Lopaphus sp “Cuc Phuong”

One of my two favourite species, I have adults, one sub adult nymph and ova. This is a beautiful species from Cuc Phuong National Park in Vietnam and was only discovered in 2010 or so. I received the eggs during May 2015 and the first hatchings occurred in October 2015.

 

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Pseudophasma fulrum

A species that can fly very well and possesses beautiful orange wings; I have adults, nymphs and ova from this species. I picked up adults and nymphs at the PSG meeting in January this year.

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Brasidas foveolatus

A rather bulky yet beautiful species, I have two mature pairs and a few ova. This species was collected at Mt Apo in the Philippines in 2008; I received the two adult pairs at the PSG meeting in January this year.

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Necrosciinae sp “Tam Dao”

This species was discovered around 2012 in Tam Dao National Park in Vietnam; I currently only have three nymphs, due to the fact that four nymphs, after two weeks of being fine and behaving normally, died over the course of one week. I picked these nymphs up at the PSG meeting in January and to guarantee my success with rearing this species I am now looking for some more of this species.

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So these are all of the species I have under my care currently. This blog will focus on the development and growth of these species and any new ones I take on, my interactions and findings about these species, other species and their care, reports on any news on stick insects in the media and information about various phasmid related meetings/ shows/ exhibitions I attend.

I hope you ‘stick’ to reading  the blog and I hope that you enjoy doing so as well:).