Of course, I could be over thinking things. It may go very smoothly, there may be no issues whatsoever but I suppose losing my first pair of stick insects suddenly due to nothing I could control has left me a touch paranoid.
Tomorrow heralds one month since I acquired Firma, he has certainly done me proud so far and is proving to be a wonderful companion for Terra; whether he charms Gaia as well though is left to be seen. I can only hope things go just a fraction as smoothly.
I've not read of any cases where females and males of this species fight, though I know it's plausible for males of other species of phasmid to be aggressive to one another, I do not think arguments between sexes break out. Male and female Extatosoma tiaratum both have spines on their back legs that can look rather intimidating when they reach adulthood and they certainly aren't afraid to use these to defend themselves against potential predators, I wonder if there are any cases of them attacking each other with their spines.
Males have wings so they can fly from place to place in search of food and females so I would assume that giving him two females would be more natural to him... interesting theory. Looking at Gaia right now I can't help but have my anxiety renewed as she really is small, I keep thinking she may be a parthenogenic insect simply due to her size and the slight deformities surrounding her wing buds but there is no way to test this. All I can do is breed her to Firma and observe her offspring, if they are larger and develop without deformities then I know genetic damage may start to be undone - that is my ultimate goal.