View Full Version : need some advice on hatching E.T and D.G eggs??
09-08-2009, 12:00 PM
Hi, my new E.T and D. Gigantea eggs came today, thanks to Penda! =)
And i need some advice on hatching them... I'm planning to place them on some damp kitchen towel inside a Q-Box, and then mist them every couple of days or so, i know they need to be kept warm so i was thinking about puting them in my boiler cupboard which is very humid, but i was worried about whether they needed ventalation? if this is the case, then i have a 10 litre fish tank which which would allow air in and i could place them in that instead of the Q-Box? or should i just leave them in the Q-Box but place them on a window ledge for warmth? And when they hatch in the Q-Box should i leave them with the rest of the eggs and risk over-crowding or should after a couple of days move them in the fish tank? when older i'll place them in my BXL cage =)
09-08-2009, 05:51 PM
oh, come on, please give me some advice... =(
09-08-2009, 06:49 PM
why isn't anyone helping me? :confused: naughty forum people! :p
i guess what i'm gonna do is place the D.G eggs in the fish tank on some damp kitchen roll and place some netting over the top, and stick it in the bolier cupboard and mist them every 2-3 days.
i think the boiler cupboard will be too hot for the E.Ts, so i'll keep them in the QBOX (a closed container) on damp tissue and mist them about once a week...and keep them on top of my fish-tank's light-bulb (it doesnt get very hot) or in a cupboard in the bedroom... then just see how it goes i guess...
09-08-2009, 07:37 PM
Hey there :D I am keeping mine as you are (on kitchen towel) & I keep them in the airing cupboard where it is warm & I spray them every couple of days.
How young are your ova? This info is for the ETs :D as i do not keep of know much about the others :(
I have had none hatch yet but it does take time.
09-08-2009, 08:28 PM
Thanks for replying! :D lol
I'm not sure how old they are...I ordered them from Penda a few days ago, they arrived this morning :) maybe i should ask him when they were layed... :p
Well i've got the E.Ts covered now, now it's just the D.Gs i'm not sure about... :p
good luck with your ova mate! :D
09-08-2009, 08:37 PM
Yeah it would be worth asking so that you have a rough idea of when they may start to hatch.
I don't know a lot about Diapherodes Gigantea yet but I am looking around now :) I will let you know if i manage to unfold anything but in the meantime maybe some one that does know will pop you an answer on here :D
Thanks for the luck & the best of to your self ;) I already have 20 ETs ranging from small nymph to adult as when I got my ova I was not patient enough to wait for them to hatch lol :D I now get 40 ova a week from my 4 adult females lol :D when I have some stock built up your more than welcome to have some for the cost of the postage ;)
09-08-2009, 08:53 PM
i'm not very patient either, i just ordered 4 adult E.Ts lol
Thanks :D i'll need to introduce new insects to my stock to help with breeding, and as you're the only person thts helped me so far i'll do the same for you and let you have some of my future stock free if you ever want them :)
09-08-2009, 09:03 PM
I can assure you there are many on here that would be much more helpful than I :) I'm still new but I am addicted to this site lol I have posted so much :D lol
I felt like a right geek but the people here are very friendly & helpful & there is no better way to find out info than from the people that actually know :)
It sounds like you are looking to have healthy insects which is good :) I am also longing for the same as the ET species from what I am told are severely inbred. It would be great to exchange with you in the future :D
Do you have male & female adults?
09-08-2009, 09:14 PM
i ordered 1 male and 3 females to start with...
yeah i heard tht too, i'm gonna do my best to breed them properly...
i feel like a geek too, i've been on this site every day since i joined it lol
09-08-2009, 09:21 PM
lol :D its all good :D
Is it a sub adult male or full male? The males mature very quickly & seem to die much quicker than the females :( I'm finding that I have males popping up all over the place & the females are still sub adult. I'm sure it will work out lol
Did you also manage to work out your Eucalyptus? :D
09-08-2009, 09:32 PM
full adult i think...i'll still get a good few months of breeding out of him though, wont i?
not exactly...I'm planning to feed all the insects on bramble until i can afford to buy a small Eucalyptus tree and stick it in the bedroom lol
09-08-2009, 09:42 PM
I know they males do not live nearly as long as the females but Daniel Ballmer did explain to me that the female only need to mate roughly every 3 months as she will store the sperm. Check this out
My ET females white sack? - Phasmid forum :: Stick insect discussion boards (http://www.insectstore.com/phasmid/showthread.php?t=2668)
It starts a bit wierd but gets to the point lol
To be honest I wouldn't worry too much about Eucalyptus for the adults as they will be fine with the bramble. I think it is mainly nymphs that benefit from the Eucalyptus as it helps them grow big & strong lol
I'm hitting the pillow now but will aim to help with anything I can :) & as I said don't be to disheartened about delayed responses :D many people probably don't have hours in the evening to sit here (like me with nothing better to do lmao) but some one always gets there & they are always helpful :D
09-08-2009, 09:45 PM
ok, i better sleep too lol... Thanks for the advice and stuff! =)
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