Great Starter Leaf Insect
- The Phasmatodea are an order of insects whose members are variously known as stick insects, stick-bugs, walking sticks or bug sticks.
- They are generally referred to as phasmatodeans, phasmids, or ghost insects.
- Phasmids in the family Phylliidae are called leaf insects, leaf-bugs, walking leaves, or bug leaves.
- They look more like leaves than sticks and have spines.
- Easy to handle and care for.
- Diet consists of fresh eucalyptus leaves or rose leaves.
- They drink droplets, spraying the enclosure once a day will do.
Life span and reproduction
- The female lives for 18 months.
- Many female phasmids do not need to mate in order to produce fertile eggs. This form of reproduction is called parthenogenesis and all the eggs produced will hatch into females. If the females do mate with a male before producing eggs, the nymphs (babies) may be male or female.
Extatosoma tiaratum nymph female (Giant Spiny Leaf Insects)