Now we have eggs. Twiggy and Swizzle are both laying eggs now. They look a bit like little grenades. I accidently trod on one that had fallen on the floor and it made a terrible popping sound. Sorry, girls.
Final instar! Twiggy Stick and Swizzle Stick are all grown up now. They’ve moulted their final moult and have the wing buds to prove it.
Here is our Twiggy Stick in a fresh new suit of clothes. She had them on underneath and burst out of her old set when she moulted.
Twiggy shed her skin (or her exoskeleton) so that she could grow bigger. She also about twice as spiny now. You can’t see the old moult in the picture because she has eaten it.
Twiggy is a spiny leaf insect and she shares her enclosure with her clone sisters, Pooh Stick and Swizzle Stick. Pooh, of course, is a named after the game pooh sticks invented by Winnie the Pooh.
Swizzle, despite her name, is not actually any good at stirring drinks.