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Our spiny leaf insect

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What an incredible creature! We just inherited her from a friend and have since built this enclosure from a secondhand plastic tub, drilled with holes, a flywire screen attached with sticky Velcro, and a jar of water (also attached with Velcro) with the leaves stuck into it. I attached a really heavy hardwood base to the tub so that it is super stable but still portable. Hopefully the whole thing is kid proof/friendly!

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2 thoughts on “Our spiny leaf insect

  1. Nick says:

    Is this one a clone of its mother? Or was there a suitable male in the vicinity at conception time? Amazing looking critter at any rate…

    • How amazing is parthenogenesis!
      (Reproduction without the need of a male)
      Parthenogenesis occurs naturally in many plants, some invertebrate animal species (including nematodes, water fleas, some scorpions, aphids, some bees, some Phasmida and parasitic wasps) and a few vertebrates (such as some fish, amphibians, reptiles and very rarely birds). Don’t know what type of birds but would love to know!

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