View Full Version : Help on I.D please
01-17-2010, 06:01 PM
I recently took on an adult female stick insect, originally there was also a male and some younger nymphs,
but those sadly didn't make it. Could someone please help with the I.D of the female:
sorry for the poor quality picture, my camera has died and webcam is crud
01-17-2010, 07:54 PM
The picture isn't massively helping but it looks like it could well be trachyaretaon brueckneri possiby perhaps.... ???
looks similar to my females... also looks like she's filled with eggs... put a tub with a layer of moist sand in it about 2" deep and you'll soon know if she is .. my buggers never stop laying eggs....
01-17-2010, 08:28 PM
Cheers for that :)
I've had a search and she does look like Trachyaretaon brueckneri and she's ready to pop, there was an egg in the tub she was in, atm i've got her in with a mix of coca fibre and vermiculite, although with this it's going to take a while to find eggs, the only other sand i have on hand is calci sand, and when that's wet it really clumps together, would she still be able to lay in that?
01-17-2010, 09:11 PM
The sand I'm using currently is not generally recommended because it clumos up it's the yellowy type bird sand but I find if I wet it then fluff it up with a fork they have no trouble laying and the females seem to wait for the tub .. I swap it every second day taking it out sifting through a sieve to get the eggs out keep it out for a day or two dampen it again and half an hour after it goes in 3 females abdomen down laying... very very prolific little buggers... gotta admit though they are some of my favourites I've had and surprisingly fast when disturbed.Each of the three females and 5 males have different colours as well..... eat bloody anything as well...
01-21-2010, 04:23 PM
I didn't have to dampen the sand with my trachy's. I just left it dry, when they'd laid in it would take the tub out and pour it through a seive to remove ova and frass from the asand. I would then put the sand back in the tub and put the tub back in with the sticks.
The ova I kept I had on some Spagnum moss whch was kept damp.
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