Complete Care or Breeding Kits

Insectopia Hamper Kit

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Kit A-E  are most suitable for schools, day-care centers and beginners.
These Kits include everything needed but a jar and foliage (including a detailed care instruction).
The species included are hardy, easy to rear and well suited for children. Species may vary, depending on availability. On request we can possibly include a  different species as stated.  Please inquire.
If you are living in Cairns it is possible for us to assist you with the set up and the first bunch of foliage. Please email for details.

Teachers will receive additional information about stick insect morphology, ecology and life cycle, a stick-insect life cycle and some insect/stick insect activities for the children (see photo at the bottom of the page) on purchase of the kits A to F.  Please notify your office that you are expecting live animals to avoid delays in opening the parcel.

Postage for Kit A-F :  express (domestic)          : $20
Postage for Kit 1-9  :  express (domestic)          :  $15
Postage for Kit 1-9  :  regular mail (domestic)  : $10

Kit A-F : Species and size in dependence of availability. 
If you require a certain species or size please inquire before going through PayPal.

  • Strong Stick Insect (Anchiale briareus)
  • Wuelfing’s Stick Insect (Acrophylla wuelfingi)
  • Spiny Stick Insect (Extatosoma tiaratum)
  • Crowned Stick Insect (Onchestus rentzi)

small/medium nymphs:  limited number of Spiny nymphs available

large nymphs/adults:    Spinys, Strongs, Wuelfing’s available

Kit A-F:  Please leave your preferences as we will always send accordingly whenever possible.  If you don’t leave a message on species preference we will send in dependence of availability.

Please also leave a contact number that can go onto the parcel when checking out via PayPal.  PayPal surcharge of $2 applies.  Payment via Bank deposit no surcharge.  Please contact us via email : Martina@insectopia.com.au   for Bank details.

Eggs will hatch in Spring (from late Winter to Mid-Summer)

 

 Kit A – $ 50

  •  no animal, no eggs
  • 1 Pop up enclosure (35cm x 35cm x 61cm)
  • 1 Breeding container
  • 1 filling of breeding substrate
  • 1 analogue thermometer – hygrometer combo
  • 1 mist-sprayer
  • Detailed instructions

Kit B – $ 60

  • 20 Stick Insect eggs
  • 1 Pop up enclosure (35cm x 35cm x 61cm)
  • 1 Breeding container
  • 1 filling of breeding substrate
  • 1 analogue thermometer – hygrometer combo
  • 1 mist-sprayer
  • Detailed instructions

Kit C – $ 70

  • 2 small/medium Stick Insects   OR  1 large/adult Stick Insect
  • 1 Pop up enclosure (35cm x 35cm x 61cm)
  • 1 Breeding containers
  • 1 filling of breeding substrate
  • 1 analogue thermometer – hygrometer combo
  • 1 mist-sprayer
  • Detailed instructions

Kit D – $80

  • 2 small/medium Stick Insects  OR  1 large/adult Stick Insect
  • 20 Stick Insect eggs
  • 1 Pop up enclosure (35cm x 35cm x 61cm)
  • 1 Breeding containers
  • 1 filling of breeding substrate
  • 1 analogue thermometer – hygrometer combo
  • 1 mist-sprayer
  • Detailed instruction

Kit E – $90

  • 2 large/adult  Stick Insects   OR  4 small/medium Stick Insects 
  • 1 Pop up enclosure (35cm x 35cm x 61cm)
  • 1 Breeding containers
  • 1 filling of breeding substrate
  • 1 analogue thermometer – hygrometer combo
  • 1 mist-sprayer
  • Detailed instruction

Kit F – $99

  • 2 large/adult  Stick Insects   OR  4 small/medium Stick Insects
  • 20 Stick Insect eggs
  • 1 Breeding containers
  • 1 filling of breeding substrate
  • 1 Pop up enclosure (35cm x 35cm x 61cm)
  • 1 analogue thermometer – hygrometer combo
  • 1 mist-sprayer
  • Detailed instruction

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SOLD  OUT !


Complete care/Breeding Kits A-E ($20post + PP)



Breeding Set – Kit 1-9 :   $50

  • 20  Stick Insect eggs
  • 1 Pop up enclosure (35cm x 35cm x 61cm)
  • 1 Breeding container
  • 1 filling of breeding substrate
  • Detailed instruction

Available species : 
Kit 5: Wuelfing’s Stick Insect
Kit 6: Spiny Stick Leaf Insect
Kit 7: Strong Stick Insect
Kit 8: Crowned Stick Insect (most Lichen Form)


Breeding Kits 1-9 Express ($15 post + PP)




Breeding Kits 1-9 Regular ($10 post + PP)



ADAPTATIONS:

For adaptations we usually recommend Spiny Stick Insects as they very clearly demonstrate several adaptations.
The spiny stick insect eggs are adapted to get carried away by ants. Eggs look like seeds and they provide a little food parcel present (capitulum) for the ants to collect them like flowers provide nectar to attract animals for pollination services. The eggs of spinys are very large and the capitulum is easy to spot. Fresh nymphs resemble little ants when they hatch and run with their abdomen curled up like little mad ants (behavioral and structural adaptation). Then they run up a tree where they turn into a sessile creature that grows spines and changes color in order to blend in with the vegetation (behavioral and structural adaptation). The behavioral adaptation of playing dead is perfectly displayed by Spinys too.
A good example for a physiological adaptation is parthenogenesis. In the absence of males the females still can produce viable eggs (that will hatch into female stick insects only). Another physical adaptation is wing development and prolonged antennae in adult males to go out and seek females (females don’t receive wings when turning adult).

 

LIFE  CYCLE:

Suitable all phasmid species

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Please contact Martina@insectopia.com.au to check for availability prior to going through PayPal if you are set on a specific species, if you require multiple sets of in case you prefer bank transfer which we are happy to accept.
At this point in time we ship animals only to QLD, NT, VIC, SA and NSW. No animal shipments to other destinations. Only domestic shipping offered.