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Old 11-26-02, 10:04 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Exclamation OMG I want one! :D

This has to be the coolest insect ever! Anyone have some info on em?
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I's not the best angle for a positive ID, but it could be a female Extatosoma tiaratum. If the tail is normally held curled up, similar to a scorpion, it's most likely one of them. The males are so different, they don't even seem to be the same species. Males have slender bodies, wings, fly around, while females have no wings, are very stout, and just lay egg after egg until they die.
Side -by- side, they look like the typical 'henpecked small husband and overbearing large wife' type couple.

Even if it's not this species, you can get a pretty good idea (and care info) at
Bugs in Cyberspace - Phasmids

Somewhat picky eaters, but very prolific. Small ones, male in particular are great chameleon food ( sounds mean, but you'll have more than you can possibly house otherwise). The males live about 10-12 months, die shortly after mating, females live longer, some up to 18 months, laying themselves to death (or seemingly so). They are great pets, not dangerous if you aviod the female's spines. They can also scare off your nosey neighbours (trust me, it works wonderfully)
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yeah, I think thats right, I've always seen them called Austrailian ghost grasshoppers or Macleay's Spectre. Hope this helps.
 
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That Thing looks awesome where can i get one
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I know someone who sells tons of eggs for really cheap, in Vancouver, BC... I am going ot try some soon. Ask me if interested. He sells 25 indian insect eggs for like $5-$10... E.T's (it looks like one...) are like 10 for $10 or something... Really neat.

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That thing is craaaaaazy cool looking!
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Eeek that's freaky. <shiver>
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Would he be able to ship to Virginia? Also, anyone know of care sheets for these bugs? Thanks for the help
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nevermind about the cover sheet, I noticed the link Dragn gave previously. Thanks!
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