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!