Breeding For Beginners

A tropical stick insect in Brazilian garden

Stick Insects are found in the and around sticks,  twigs or barks. Home legume breeding is allowed for most species. However, it is essential to know how to maintain them at best.

Unlike other farms, the breeding of stick insects does not require to have a large budget.

The feeding of stick insects

Most of the feeding of stick insects are easily found in nature. Some will eat ivy, Mille-pertuis, others of laurel and others of privet … The tastes differ according to the species.

The bramble, this unwanted weed of our gardens and which stings, remains their favorite food.

Be sure to rinse the leaves and branches that will serve as a meal for stick insects. This will help on the one hand to evacuate all the polluting gases found in nature and on the other hand to eliminate some insecticides present which could kill the stick insect.

Also, it moistens the leaves. Stick Insects can hydrate by drinking these droplets of water.


The reproduction of the stick insects

Many stick insects reproduce by parthenogenesis. That is, there is no need for mating between the male and the female for reproduction. In the wild, the sticks move very little and have few opportunities to meet.

Parthenogenesis then allows female phasms that do not encounter males to reproduce and maintain their species alive.

In terms of species of stick insects, some eggs will be dropped on the ground, while others will be buried.

The eggs of stick insects differ according to the species, and most of the time resemble seeds of different shapes.

Once the eggs are harvested, they must be incubated at a temperature and humidity appropriate to the species.

You will first get really small sticky pups (stage L1). Stick Insects then use molting to grow.

When they grow up and the skin becomes too narrow, they get rid of it for a bigger one.

A baby is of stage L1 and an adult can go to the stage L6, L7. That is to say, he will have molted 5, 6 or even 7 times.

In some, incubation can be up to 10 to 11 months.


Terrarium landscaping for stick insects

You can cover the bottom of the terrarium with paper towels, substrate, or untreated potting soil.

The advantage of the paper towel is that it is easier to maintain. Just remove it and replace it when it is dirty.

The earth when it holds moisture well. Vermiculite can also be used for egg incubation.

Place on vermiculite, potting soil or paper towel with a small pot containing water with the lid pierced to insert brambles.

For sticky babies, it is advisable to generously fill the terrarium with brambles to facilitate their feeding.

Also, be sure to moisten the terrarium by spraying the soil and leaves. A hygrometry of 60% to 80% must be obtained according to the species.

Then place your sticks on the leaves. All you have to do is observe them.