The trio of adults (including Ghost) started to lay eggs all within about a week; if you've ever kept adult, egg-laying stick insects you may know what I mean when I say that is an absolute frustration sometimes getting the eggs separated from their droppings. When Terra first started to lay eggs she was laying around ten/twelve a day so having three large insects doing this, eating five times more bramble than they ever had before took a bit of a toll on my health.
I admit to you now that, with the ME, I simply couldn't cope. The trio have since been rehomed and now reside in loving, capable households. Alongside the three adults I also rehomed one of the largest nymphs, which takes my total down to six.
Six? Six?! The number has barely changed I hear you cry! (not really but if you would so play along...)
So I failed to get males for the adult bugs and they started producing eggs via parthenogenesis; I decided that, instead, I would get a handful of young males and raise them with the rest of the nymphs, who would then continue the legacy (Lord willing, that is). I was able to acquire a group of four who arrived in wonderful condition and were integrated into nymph society straight away.
Unfortunately one of these males went through a horrendous moult and passed away, which left my male to female ratio at 3:3 as opposed to 4:3. Very sad to watch him struggle for so long but such is life, I'm afraid. Other moults by both males and females have been very successful and I pray this continues. I'm not certain if anything contributed to the young male's awful moult but I couldn't find any immediate concerns that needed addressing.
I will soon need to move them all to a taller enclosure as they are growing rapidly. It's very exciting but I know that I cannot keep them all. If it is the Lord's will that they all grow to adults, I hope to rehome two of the three pairs. We'll have to wait and see.
The Other Stuff
I'm truly hoping to be able to continue the Spectre Legacy however if my health deteriorates any more then I may have to scrap the idea entirely; as wonderful as these creatures are my health is important, if my health suffers then the animals' health will suffer, too, and that isn't any good. I'll have to wait and see, keeping in prayerful consideration of what is required of me by my friends, family, church and animals. I'm hoping giving up the phasmids won't become a necessity but if it does I'll certainly update the blog. Let's not think about that for now, eh? I'd like to get a few more photos for the phasmid care sections and put together a family tree for the Spectre Legacy, will have to see what happens in future.