Austrailian Giant Spiny Stick insects
- Help !! I was given two stick bugs in October, when we were visiting
Washington state. We are living in Tennessee. At the time, I had rose
plants to feed them. I froze some and they have been munching on
these all winter. We noticed that a couple of days ago one of the
bugs seemed to be dying. It is now gone. and they other is looking
sick. I mist the aquarium with water everyday with distilled water.
Is there something that I'm doing wrong ? the people who gave us the
bugs sent a care sheet with them. They have molted 3 - 4 times and
are, were 3 - 4 inches long. Do they only live a certain amount of
time ? please write back and let me know.
I believe they have a life span of about a year in the adult stage. Paul Brock suggests that they may not be getting enough nourishment from rose leaves alone and that you should try other plants with evergreen leaves - Eucalyptus is particularly good if you can find any. Temperature is also important as well as moisture, they should be kept at about 20 degrees Centigrade.