Macleay's Spectre (Prickly Stick Insect) tiaratum 10 eggs

Macleay's Spectre (Prickly Stick Insect) tiaratum 10 eggs
Macleay's Spectre (Prickly Stick Insect) tiaratum 10 eggs Macleay's Spectre (Prickly Stick Insect) tiaratum 10 eggs Macleay's Spectre (Prickly Stick Insect) tiaratum 10 eggs Macleay's Spectre (Prickly Stick Insect) tiaratum 10 eggs Macleay's Spectre (Prickly Stick Insect) tiaratum 10 eggs Macleay's Spectre (Prickly Stick Insect) tiaratum 10 eggs Macleay's Spectre (Prickly Stick Insect) tiaratum 10 eggs
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Description

Macleay’s Spectre or Australian Prickly Stick Insect Extatosoma tiaratum

This is one of the world’s most spectacular insects, and the female is reputed to be one of the heaviest insects on record, heavier than many birds! The male is slender and has large, folded wings. Female wings are vestigial.

Eggs usually hatch in spring and summer. Before hatching, keep the eggs in moist coir or peat compost at 10-20 degrees C. Keep eggs moist, not wet. Avoid mould.

Nymphs grow quickly in summer, becoming adults the following year. Feed on Bramble, Oak or Eucalyptus. Cages with netting sides or an aquarium are suitable. Change the food about 3 times a week, depending on temperature and how long the food is lasting.

These are hardy creatures, but they must be given regular care most days. They love having the foodplant sprayed! The adult females have a firm grip with spiny legs. If treated harshly they can retaliate! The males develop large wings and can fly across the room!

In winter Bramble and Eucalyptus are available. Keep the insects at living room temperature. Eggs are dropped loose on the cage bottom. They take months to hatch, and will sometimes do so even if the adults have not mated.

In all stages these are fascinating creatures and ideal for children, with adult supervision.