Stick insect adults can lay around two to three eggs every day which over the course of their lifespan can equate to hundreds of eggs hence hundreds of nymphs. Taking care of stick insect eggs.
If you have soil at the bottom of the tank look for eggs when you are cleaning it out.
Stick insects eggs. Every species of stick insect has differently shaped eggs. Video of the birth of a stick insect. Taking care of the eggs.
Ants enjoy the nutritional boost provided by the capitulum and carry the stick insect eggs back to their nests for a meal. The young are green for the first few weeks of life. After the ants feed on the fats and nutrients they toss the eggs onto their garbage heap where the eggs continue to incubate safe from predators.
Truth be known the eggs appearance will vary from one species of stick insect to the next but they generally tend to look like small brown seeds or pips. The eggs of stick insects have a coating of calcium oxalate which makes them survive unscathed in the digestive tract of birds. Adult stick insects either allow their eggs to drop to the floor of the tank they are being kept in or they will bury them in soil.
Taking care of stick insect eggs. Managing stick insect eggs is important particularly if you are not interested in breeding at all. A female will lay hundreds of tiny eggs over her lifespan.
If you own a common indian stick insect the eggs will be around 2mm and will resemble round seeds. Moreover they may or may not have markings on them depending on the species of stick insect you are breeding. This species does not have any special care requirements and will eat eucalyptus leaves.
They range in size depending on the species of stick insect that you have. The smooth round eggs can be collected and hatched in a warm tub of sand or vermiculite. Eggs of extatosoma tiaratum.
Stick insect eggs that resemble hard seeds have a special fatty capsule called a capitulum at one end. Stick insect eggs typically resemble seeds and are typically a brown colour. This is something you need to be prepared for.
Margin winged stick insect eggs are around 2mm long smooth and black in appearance. Certain species of stick insect such as the indian stick insect are parthenogenic. This means that the females can lay unfertilised by males eggs.
Indian stick insects can reproduce in the absence of a male parthenogenetic reproduction. From these eggs only female nymphs will hatch and they can then lay their own eggs when they mature and so the cycle can continue. If you do find them transfer them to a sealed but ventilated container.
It has been suggested that birds may have a role in the dispersal of parthenogenetic stick insect species especially to islands. Similar pages about insects.