Australian Flappentak1 stick insect Australian Flappentak (nymph) PSG9 for EUR 2.00. The sex of the nymphs is not visible yet.
General infoA few weeks old stick insects of the species Extatosoma tiaratum. This is also called the Australian flappentak, or English Macleays Spectre Stick Insect. The species has also received a number psg, psg 9.
The stick insect is native to Australia and New Guinea and is very popular because of its unusual shapes and size. They look more like a cactus than on a branch. They have spines and striking bulges on the legs. They are often stained brown, and occasionally there are also green varieties of this type available. In the pictures above you can see how beautiful they look like !!
What is striking is the large difference between males and females. The females are thick, prickly and 15 cm long. Males are just narrow with long wings, little spines and a length of about 12 to 13 cm.
Movement and behaviorThis walking stick is a peaceful animal. Because most stick insects are nocturnal, they will not show much movement during the day. In the evening you can see they do move, however, and food.
foodThis species eats several leaves like blackberry leaves, raspberry leaves, oak leaves, rose leaves, hazel and eucalyptus leaves. Blackberry leaves are always to be found in the winter. Provide unsprayed food!
The nymphs are raised with us with blackberry leaf, so we recommend using this type of blade for the nymph. You can also mix different leaves (which in any case blackberry) so they can get used to another type of blade.
Environmental conditionsThe temperature may vary between 20 ° C and 30 ° C. Room temperature is fine for these animals.
The stick insect does not make high demands on the humidity, 2 times peer week stay which sprinkle base is sufficient, watch out for mold development. They may have some drinking water. For the nymphs, the humidity precisely. Every few days (eg every day) light watering food leaves so that the ambient humidity is good and the twigs can drink.
As with all kinds of walking sticks, has this kind of a vessel required of at least 3 times the length of the animal high, wide and at least 2 times the length of the animal. For an adult female this means an amount of at least 45 cm high and 30 cm wide.
propagationAdult males are distinguishable because they are smaller, have wings and long antennae.
This species can reproduce sexually or parthenogenetic. You can keep the males and females together just in a loft. The eggs are round brown balls.
The eggs hatch after about 4 to 6 months if a male has fertilized the female, parthenogenetic eggs hatch after six months to a year pass out. Keep the eggs on a damp paper. This should always be moist but not really wet. Most preferably, keep the eggs at a temperature of 25 ° C. Beware here for mold!
Home-grownThe stick insects are bred by us and will only be sent by parcel post. Sex is not visible yet. Have fun observing these amazing animals!
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