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Sipyloidea sipylus

Post by Salt on Wed Jul 01, 2015 3:36 pm

The first nymph hatched on the 29th of June and the second nymph hatched on the 1st of July (this morning). This is a lovely all-female species originating from Madagascar and growing to a size of 11cm. When adult, they have lovely pink wings along with a very light pink/grey body colour. Received week-old ova less than two months ago, with the species taking a short time to hatch. one thing to keep in mind is that the ova of this species is very fragile, so if keeping them be careful. The stick insects lay the ova by sticking them onto the food plant, however a damp pile of cotton can be placed on the bottom of the enclosure so that most of the eggs are laid there (from what I have heard). Anyways, here are some pictures:


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Re: Sipyloidea sipylus

Post by Luke on Wed Jul 01, 2015 3:47 pm

Very nice and some good information Very Happy very cool that they require no males to reproduce!

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Re: Sipyloidea sipylus

Post by Salt on Wed Jul 01, 2015 4:06 pm

Thanks:)
That is the case for quite a few stick insects, including Carausius morosus (the common Indian species).

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Re: Sipyloidea sipylus

Post by dermy on Thu Jul 02, 2015 1:55 am

That is cool, sorry I missed this post yesterday, needed some Sleep
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Re: Sipyloidea sipylus

Post by Salt on Thu Jul 02, 2015 3:32 pm

2nd of July
Two more nymphs have hatched, making the total four:)

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Re: Sipyloidea sipylus

Post by dermy on Thu Jul 02, 2015 3:43 pm

Your going to be loaded with Stick Insects by the end of this!
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Re: Sipyloidea sipylus

Post by Salt on Sat Jul 04, 2015 3:20 pm

4th of July
One nymph hatched the previous morning and another this morning, bringing the total up to six. All of the nymphs are active and eating bramble:)


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Re: Sipyloidea sipylus

Post by dermy on Sat Jul 04, 2015 4:17 pm

Do you have bramble where you are? Will they eat anything besides bramble?
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Re: Sipyloidea sipylus

Post by Salt on Sat Jul 04, 2015 4:32 pm

Yes I do, there's bramble every where round here haha and I would think that they do, since they originate from Madagascar and as far as I know there's no bramble in Madagascar, however not sure what else they eat. I think that they might eat rose, however I'm not sure. I guess I will have to check haha:)

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Re: Sipyloidea sipylus

Post by dermy on Sat Jul 04, 2015 4:45 pm

Tell us if you find out anything Smile
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Re: Sipyloidea sipylus

Post by Salt on Sun Jul 05, 2015 4:06 am

Well I guess they would also eat eucalyptus and oak, since that is what some other bramble-eating species eat.

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Post by dermy on Sun Jul 05, 2015 10:26 am

Ah okay. I don't think i have oak around.
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Re: Sipyloidea sipylus

Post by Xeno on Sun Jul 05, 2015 3:07 pm

There really good at blending in or is my eyes just bad Razz

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Re: Sipyloidea sipylus

Post by Salt on Sun Jul 05, 2015 3:31 pm

Nah your eyes are good haha, I struggle to see them myself sometimes!

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Re: Sipyloidea sipylus

Post by dermy on Sun Jul 05, 2015 4:24 pm

Imagine in the wild where they live they must be invisible to some!

That's the point though Camo
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Re: Sipyloidea sipylus

Post by Salt on Sun Jul 05, 2015 4:39 pm

Well they do become a bit more obvious once they reach 12cm and change colour when adult haha, however still pretty great camouflage as with most stick insects:)

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Post by dermy on Sun Jul 05, 2015 4:42 pm

Yep look like a stick bite like a stick [do they bite i think i heard they can]
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Post by Salt on Sun Jul 05, 2015 4:45 pm

Nah they don't bite, however some can produce substances that can irritate skin or smell, with both my Sipyloidea sipylus and Oreophoetes peruana producing these substances.

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Post by dermy on Sun Jul 05, 2015 4:47 pm

Eww! Go to school smelly one day.

Teacher: Augh what is that horrid stench!
You: Sorry I got some Sipyloidea substance all over me
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Re: Sipyloidea sipylus

Post by Salt on Sun Jul 05, 2015 4:53 pm

Haha Laughing

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Post by dermy on Sun Jul 05, 2015 4:54 pm

I could picture it happening haha! I've never kept anything smelly.
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Re: Sipyloidea sipylus

Post by Salt on Fri Jul 10, 2015 2:57 pm

I have moved all of my stick insects into different enclosures, with this species receiving an upgrade. One nymph has hatched yesterday morning however another nymph has unfortunately died, meaning that the total remains at six.

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Post by dermy on Fri Jul 10, 2015 4:47 pm

That sucks, do they have a high mortality rate?

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Re: Sipyloidea sipylus

Post by Salt on Fri Jul 10, 2015 4:49 pm

I don't think so, since many people raise a lot of nymphs to adulthood with ease from what I've seen.

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Re: Sipyloidea sipylus

Post by dermy on Fri Jul 10, 2015 4:52 pm

Oh okay thanks for the Info!

Hope you get tons Very Happy
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