I bought home pets. Without permission. (I’m clearly an awful daughter.)
I got these two cuties from my entomology professor during the lab today. Anyone who was doing the insect collection could get one or two, if you weren’t doing the insect collection, you could get one as well. Also, my professor’s trying to encourage us to keep these stick insects alive, so all we have to do identify the Family and Order without pinning them for our insect collections (hello, another Order for my collection!).
They’re quite small, but I’ve already been able to tell some behavioural differences between the two of them. One of them (the one with that little bulge, which I believe is the part that remains from the egg casing, on the tail) is a lot more active than the other (has the remaining part of the egg casing on a metathoracic leg). I currently have them in a very makeshift home – glass gar, tulle that’s over the opening with a rubber band, a stick that I cleaned off and a few blackberry leaves that were washed off and left a little damp so they can have some water as well.