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PHASMIDS Leaf & Stick Insects, Mantids and more

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Indian Stick Insect Carausius morosus 10 young nymphs
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Indian Stick Insect Carausius morosus

No trouble to look after. Keep at room temperature in a simple cage. Netting sides are better than plastic or glass. Foodplants: Privet, Ivy and Bramble. They will often feed on a variety of other plants. Spray regularly as they welcome moisture. Parthenogenic  - all the insects are females. When adult they will lay eggs loose on the bottom of the cage.


Indian Stick Insect Carausius morosus 5 sub-adults
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Indian Stick Insect Carausius morosus

These are large nymphs, sub-adult, which will mature this season.

All adults of this species are females. They are parthenogenetic, laying fertile eggs without males, which are an extreme rarity. Keep at room temperature in a simple cage. Netting sides are better than plastic or glass. No trouble to look after. Foodplants: Privet, Ivy, Bramble and they will often take other plants. Spray the foodplant and insects regularly as they welcome moisture. 

Adults will lay eggs, loose on the bottom of the cage.  At room temperature these will usually hatch after about 4 months.


Macleay's Spectre (Prickly Stick Insect) tiaratum FOUR nymphs
Availability: Summer

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!


Medium nymphs are supplied, minimum size 2.5cm long. They 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.


Peruvian Black Beauty Stick Insect Peruphasma schultei 6 nymphs
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Peruvian Black Beauty Stick Insect Peruphasma schultei,

Very attractive insects, easy to keep in a ventilated cage, feeding on Privet. They enjoy a spray most days with tepid water. It is best not to let young children have the insects walking on their hands, because they have a defence mechanism that produces a pungent fluid when they are alarmed. Sometimes an irritant. The insects are otherwise completely harmless. Their appearance in contrasting black and scarlet is an interesting example of colours that warn off predators. 

This species comes from just a small area in Peru and are not known from anywhere else. They are very special.

African Lined Mantis Spodromantis lineola FOUR young mantids
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African Lined Mantis Spodromantis lineola


Third instar nymphs are supplied, about 1.5 cm long, so well established and able to catch food.


Mantids do not feed on greenery. They catch live insects for food and you must ensure that you can give them such things as fruit flies, small crickets and possibly maggots.


They must be kept each one in their own cage or cylinder. Before ordering, please familiarise yourself with the needs of mantids.


Supplied in lots of four for £30.00  In stock now.


Giant Hissing Cockroach Gromphadorhina oblongonata 5 Nymphs
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Giant Hissing Cockroach Gromphadorhina oblongonata


Cockroaches have an unfortunate reputation, but these are clean creatures and make good pets! Yes, they hiss when you pick them up. Don’t keep doing this, remember they are creatures and don’t ill treat them.


Supplied as young at 2.5cm long or more, they quickly grow to become very large, sometimes up to 12cm long! Keep in a tank with compost in the bottom. Give them some sticks and stones to hide in and live amongst. Feed on fruit, greenery, vegetable scraps, and they like fish pellets.


Rearing and Studying Stick & Leaf Insects
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Rearing and Studying Stick and Leaf Insects Paul Brock


Specifically intended for beginners, although it is also suitable for experienced Phasmid enthusiasts, it is one of the few guides to rearing that features the majority of the culture stocks available, 22 species in detail.  The informative text is complemented by 8 colour plates, 14 black and white plates and 29 figures.






Zompro’s Stick Insect Parapachymorpha zomproi 10 NYMPHS medium to large
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Zompro’s Stick Insect Parapachymorpha zomproi 


A calm, child-safe species of stick insect that responds to handling easily and will not try to run. It cannot fly and does not spray pungent chemicals. They are night-active, during the day they sit still or are seen in rocking type motion when the air moves around them. 

Bramble leaves, Oak and Hawthorn leaves are good food for Zompro’s Stick Insect. It will also accept rose and raspberry leaves. This stick insect species is very easy to keep at warm room temperature around 20 °C to  30 °C with night time temperatures allowed to drop a little. To keep the air humidity up for moulting you must spray their enclosure every day which also allows them to drink from foliage etc.


Zompro’s Stick Insect needs both males and females to reproduce. The males are more slender with a smoother skin growing to 5-6cm living 3-4 Months. Females are larger with broader bodies and can grow to 9-10cm and have wonderful coffee brown and black markings. They will live up to 6 months, producing large numbers of irregular shaped brown eggs dropped to the ground. The eggs take up to 5 Months to hatch, depending on conditions and time of year.