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Post by Eleanor on Thu Jan 29, 2015 8:34 am

Just to let you know, your sticky eggs should hatch any time between now and two months. happy The first of my batch hatched this morning.

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Re: Hayley and Ella

Post by Caryll on Thu Jan 29, 2015 8:43 am

Ha! And now she can't find her! laughing

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Post by Eleanor on Thu Jan 29, 2015 9:04 am

Found her just now. tongue

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Re: Hayley and Ella

Post by Caryll on Thu Jan 29, 2015 9:59 am

She's huuuuuuge!

At least 5mm long! rolling on floor

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Re: Hayley and Ella

Post by Eleanor on Thu Jan 29, 2015 10:12 am

Yeah, she's a tiny one. tongue Even smaller than Stickybun, Twiglet and Ivy (R.I.P.) when they hatched. A really dark brown, as well.

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Post by Caryll on Thu Jan 29, 2015 10:28 am

And rather difficult to see!

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Post by Eleanor on Thu Jan 29, 2015 10:30 am

Yes, it's going to be difficult to change her substrate!

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Post by ella on Thu Jan 29, 2015 6:33 pm

I keep checking no sign yet!

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Re: Hayley and Ella

Post by Eleanor on Thu Jan 29, 2015 7:43 pm

I believe most (if not all) of yours were from a slightly later batch, so hopefully it'll be within the next couple of months. happy The one who hatched today was probably from the first batch of ova.

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Post by tracyp on Thu Jan 29, 2015 9:52 pm

What do you call a "sticky egg"? Pics pls. happy

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Re: Hayley and Ella

Post by Hayley on Fri Jan 30, 2015 1:23 am

Ill keep an eye! i have them in a clear container on some white paper. Shoudl i water them?

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Post by Caryll on Fri Jan 30, 2015 4:50 am

tracyp wrote:What do you call a "sticky egg"? Pics pls. happy

Not much point putting pics up, they'd just look like little black dots!

They're the eggs laid by Eleanor's stick insects.

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Post by Eleanor on Fri Jan 30, 2015 9:03 am

It wouldn't hurt to mist them slightly with a spray bottle, as this helps to replicate the rainfall in the wild, which softens the 'glue' on the nodule at the end of the egg so that the nymphs can push their way out. I find it works better if you spray them lightly, then wait for the tissue paper to dry out completely before spraying again.

Tracy: the eggs are called ova (plural) or ovum (singular). I'll see if I can take a picture later on, but they're incredibly difficult to pick up on camera when they've only just hatched. Although Buddy is quite a dark brown, so she might stand out a bit more than Stickybun, Twiglet and Ivy did when they were her size. happy

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Post by Eleanor on Sat Jan 31, 2015 9:35 am

Two more hatched this morning. It looks like more are on their way to hatching, as well. I now have three tiny stick insects running around the temporary enclosure. In a couple of months, when they're big enough, they can join Stickybun and Twiglet in the big-stick enclosure! happy

One of the nymphs from this morning:




And yes, that is a honey pot. No, it is not the temporary enclosure. laughing I'm not that cruel. It's the pot I use to transfer them from the ova box to the temporary enclosure.

And for comparison, here are the fully-grown stickies:



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Re: Hayley and Ella

Post by Caryll on Sat Jan 31, 2015 11:41 am

Cute!

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Post by ella on Sat Jan 31, 2015 7:06 pm

Very cute!

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Re: Hayley and Ella

Post by Eleanor on Sat Jan 31, 2015 7:34 pm

And already being little pests. I'd forgotten how difficult hatchlings could be! Looks like these ones are going to take after their parents and refuse to eat for the first three days. laughing

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Post by tracyp on Sun Feb 01, 2015 2:47 pm

Oh I love stickies.

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Re: Hayley and Ella

Post by Eleanor on Sun Feb 01, 2015 3:41 pm

Me too! Another hatched out this morning, but I'm currently unable to transfer her to the nymph enclosure, as one of the other nymphs has settled herself directly underneath the zip fastening at the top. If I unzip it, she could lose a leg. Daft little thing! I'll have to wait until tonight, when she'll hopefully move.

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