I wanted a male as I do not want parthenogenesis to take effect, I also needed a male so I could observe how quickly these insects lay eggs after mating. The reason for this is due to new concerns over the fertilization of Terra's eggs; she started laying eggs a day after Firma was introduced to her, I don't know if that is normal and would like to observe this. The two clearly took a strong liking to each other and wouldn't be separated so it's possible that the eggs aren't parthenogenetic... but I've also only had females hatch. I had some extremely young insects die that may have been male but I never found out.
Until I have a male nymph hatch or until I get the chance to observe the delay between mating and egg laying I won't know if Terra's eggs were produced as I'd hoped or not. Oh well. The insects that survived are doing very well and look extremely healthy so I'll try again.
My back up plan then... I can't cope with three females laying eggs on me - my health won't allow that so I'll have to rehome the adults (it was my plan to rehome two of the trio anyway but if Ghost starts laying eggs without a male I'll look to rehome her, too). I have four younger nymphs, two about to moult for the fourth time, two for the third, so I can keep one or two of those and perhaps acquire some young male nymphs and raise them together.
If I purchase male nymphs that are one stage younger than the females then they should moult into adults at a similar time; I think I've found a supplier of such nymphs and am currently awaiting a response to an enquiry as to whether or not they have enough males in stock (I'd prefer more males than I need just in case they perish at some stage). I still have some of Terra's eggs that will be due to hatch over the next couple of months as well so there's another opportunity later on.
The trio are... ravenous. I'd forgotten just how much these things eat, especially females. Having three in one enclosure is just difficult. Makes me realize how poor my health still is so this entire situation has been very beneficial for me in showing me my limits. Who'da thought someone my age would find taking care of stick insects so difficult? We all have our trials, I thank God for showing me these things, teaching me these lessons through such beautiful creatures.