Post by TenebrousNova on Jun 23, 2011 19:36:27 GMT
Picture of them in their set up can be found here if anyone is interested. The female and her mate are on the right, and the other male is on the left. I endured many small cuts to place that bramble. ;D I use kitchen towels for ease of maintenance, and eggs (Not to mention waste) are easy to spot.
Post by TenebrousNova on Jun 23, 2011 21:40:13 GMT
I'm not sure, I only keep the one species and they don't seem to have any self defence apart from their camouflage. Female stick insect has laid a 17th egg just now. No doubt I'll wake up tomorrow to be met with another dozen.
Post by TenebrousNova on Jun 24, 2011 13:55:27 GMT
That isn't rose bush in there, it's bramble. But yes, aphids will feed on it. I could always use it as a means to cultivate aphids for my ants, I suppose. Ants do not naturally like stick insects, and will bite at their feet (Their most sensitive point). They will take the eggs into the colony under the belief that they are seeds, and most eggs do hatch and the resulting babies are allowed to leave, to my knowledge.
I would experiment with a egg and my Lasius Niger, but I wouldn't want harm to come to the ants or the stick insect.
Some stick insects lay eggs with a bit of protein on the end, and some ants find them and bring them in the nest, but they choose not to eat them and leave them. The egg is now in a safe place until it hatches and quickly runs for the nearest plant/tree.
I don't know if this will happen with this type of stick insect as I do not know what specie uses this tactic, but I hope it goes well
Post by TenebrousNova on Jun 27, 2011 20:47:33 GMT
Very funny that you should say that, Lotsofants. She has laid her 30th egg this evening, and guess what! I took off the lid of the tank to change their water (Which has dried in today's heat) and she tried climbing out. As she did so, the male missing his right front leg approached her and is now copulating with her.
Shooing the female back down so I could put the lid back has not discouraged him. The invasion is only just beginning.
I hope that laying so many eggs won't put a strain on the female, though.