Childrens Stick Insect

by Brumby Ben
(Sydney, NSW, Australia)

Children Stick Insect

Children Stick Insect

At the Sydney museum, the people gave us three more stick Insects: 2 Goliaths and 1 Children's. The Children's stick Insect is laying eggs. She is 12 centimetres long from the head to the end of the cerci. If she has not mated she will lay eggs still, but they will only hatch into females and they will lay eggs and they will hatch into females, it goes on and on. The females can't fly but the males can. So one bush soon could get very populated since they can't fly away. She is laying about four eggs per day. She looks more like a leaf than a stick.

Her scientific name is Tropidoderus childrenii Gray.

About that Titan Stick Insect- she died. We brought it to the Australian Museum "Search and Discover". They didn't know what kind of stick Insect it was. So we left it there so they could find out. I might have found a stick insect never found before. I would call it the Vanderkolki stick insect. Also they said it was impossible to have eaten the other stick insect (only praying Mantis do that.)

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Jan 19, 2012
Whats happened?
by: HiHiHi

I have three but one of them was white when i got home what happened??

Mar 30, 2011
I had 4!
by: Master owner

I have a spiny leaf stick insect(F) A common garden Stick insect (F) I had two baby Goliath stick insects but the male passed away;-{ But the female passed the living test and survived!

Sep 06, 2010
buying them
by: Anonymous

Is there a special website to order childrens stick insect to australia

Sep 04, 2010
by: Cal

i have four stick insects i have, a spiny leaf insect, a goliath, and two childrens stick insects.
i had a male spiny leaf bug but it died :(

Apr 17, 2010
Males and females
by: Michaela

Hi Ben.
A male got out of their enclosure today and started flying around, so I have worked out which is which. I will try and take some photos and upload them :-)

Apr 17, 2010
some help for you
by: Ben

Hi Michaela,
If your stick insect lays eggs it is a female. Females have wings but cannot fly like the males do.

So if your stick insect is flying around, it is a male.

I'm not sure what stick insect it is.
Perhaps you can add a photo of the stick insects and their eggs.

To find out how to look after the eggs read what Joel wrote here.

All the best with your stick insects.

Apr 05, 2010
Help please
by: michaela

I have some stick insects but don't know what type. Some are green, some brown, the largest is about 20cm long and has wings. They lay little black eggs with a white tip and feed on gum leaves. I'm not sure how to keep the eggs as I don't know what they are?

Jan 29, 2010
Spiny leaf insect
by: Sarah

Just a question.. if a spiny leaf insect's tail goes straight and no longer looks like a scorpion, does that mean its dying??

Mar 23, 2009
by: cory

um one of the comments about the insects eating each others skin is more likely as mine do it all the time. there is a chance that the thing you thought was a praying mantis could have been an assassin bug there similar but look like stick insects...

Jan 05, 2009
by: BrumbyBen

Was that Mantis an undiscovered kind of Mantis. If it was are you permitted to name it.

To Kayleigh
I don't Know about the white line. I Suppose that is just how God created that Stick Insect.

The difference between male and females are:

  1. Size difference.
  2. The males can fly and females can only glide. The females have smaller wings.
  3. Go to the Australian Muesum in Sydney to
    "search and discover". There take at look at their Stick Insects and ask them about the difference.

Dec 31, 2008
Why do stick insects have a white across their body?
by: Kayleigh

i wanted to keep a stick insect but I want to know if it is a male or female.

Apr 06, 2008
stick insect-cannibles.................Nah!
by: ben

The titan ate the Exuvia (moulted skin) duhh!

Sorry about your titan.

Apr 06, 2008
Titan and childrens stick insect, mantids
by: Ben

I'm ben
I was reading about your titan stick insect and how you took it to the museum and they did not know what species it was, any way, did it have black to a tingy brown with white specled wings, or a 25cm long body, If not it may be, but the musum would know if it was a titan stick insect because after a few days of death the female will discolor and will be mistaken for a new species.

The childrens stick insect is quite impressive even though it might be on its way to death, Ill tell ya why, because when the wings turn a yellow color that means that she will possibly die. :(

Me myself have bred childrens, spurr legged, and spiny leaf stick insect (spiny leaf insect).
and learned lots about stick insects and mantids and I even found a new species of Praying Mantis in bundabergs turtle sands and she is a whopper, I called her a stick mantis ghost because of the way she flings her arms up when disturbed. She is the sub species of the large brown mantis from brisbane and is 2x bigger and is pale gray
to blend in with the spinifex on the beach line!

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