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Various eggs of stick insects. Ova (Eggs) imitate seeds, as their parents imitate sticks. Often (but not necessarily) they are carried by ants into their nests to incubate in air conditioned comfort safe from floods, molds, heavy footsteps and hungry vertebrates. The ants carry the egg by the knob (frenulum) on the end and in return the ants eat the sugary knob. Incubation may be between three to 48 months depending on species but is most often about 12 months.
These eggs are all captive bred
Top left; CROWN STICK INSECT Onchestus rentzii Cairns NQ Centre left; STRONG STICK INSECT Anchile briareus,East coast. Lower left; MARGIN WINGED STICK INSECT Ctenomorpha South East Top right; GOLIATH STICK INSECT Eurycnema goliath, East coast Lower right; SPINY LEAF INSECT Extatosoma tiaratum East coast Pic #2 Children's stick insect Pic #3 Indian stick insect (Laboratory stick) Pic #4 Northern Anchiale stick insect Pic #5 Sipyloidea larryi