Episode IV: A New Home

sticky-9OK, actually the third post but the pun wouldn’t work otherwise! The larger stick insects have now been moved into a BSP cage (Small-Life Supplies) to give them more room to grow and a better environment, so that’s 15 moved into the BSP and a couple of first/second instars left in the jar to develop a bit more first and still a multitude of unhatched eggs in the other jar. As can be seen from the thumbnail their first reaction to being in a new airy, spacious mansion was to crowd together on one leaf but they have since spread out a lot more and are growing at a much faster rate than before. They have actually been in there for a week now and I gave it the first change of plants today which is a little more involved now, but as they get larger it will at least be easier and easier to spot them… if I haven’t already pointed it out, the biggest problem with stick insects is that, well, they look like sticks!

So here’s the cage in situ… also visible the unhatched eggs, I have found an old dilapidated laptop perfect to use as a stand:

And here are a couple of shots of the insects inside, focusing becomes an issue when trying to do so through the perspex.

And finally a few to show current size of a representative insect:

Finally a detail of the first of the four images above:

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Dave

Mathematician at the University of Warwick in the UK with research interests in equivariant bifurcation theory and applications, especially in modelling of insect locomotion. Teaching interests include online learning and innovative teaching methods. Also occasionally creates material for the University's "International Gateway for Gifted Youth". He has been active on the Internet since 1995, initially though his UFO and Michael Schenker website, but now through a multitude of projects.

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