This is Chilli, my pet Cyclone Larry Stick Insect. I got her very recently. She is an adult because she has wings. She loves to munch on Guava leaves! She’s very inquisitive and not afraid of rain. The reason I know this is that whenever I use the spray bottle to mist her mesh enclosure, she doesn’t try to hide. She doesn’t usually fly and her favourite food is eucalyptus leaves (as well as Guava leaves). She is about 7cm long and very twig-like. I think they’re called Cyclone Larry Stick Insects because they might have been discovered around the time of Cyclone Larry.
On Sunday my pet Giant Rainforest Mantis, Packapunch, moulted into his adult form. This has been his fourth moult in captivity.
Moulting is shedding his skin. Moulting is necessary in order to grow because if he stayed in his old skin he would probably burst!
Unlike mammals, a Mantis’ skin doesn’t grow with them; they have to shed it in order to grow.
On the same day I noticed my pet spider (species unknown at the moment) had babies! She had about 50 or more babies approximately 3mm long. They were on her abdomen. I don’t have a photo to show of her at the moment.
Today I visited Martina at Insectopia and bought a Cyclone Larry Stick Insect Sipyloidea larry (so cute!). Martina said it had been mated and sure enough as soon as I got home, “Chilli” began to lay eggs!