What you need before you buy your insects is to make sure you have a mesh cage that they can breathe out of (they prefer vertical mesh). You will also need a sprayer, vases or tall cups to hold the leaves and a wattle tree, eucalyptus tree or rose bush near your house to feed them.
- How to look after you Leafy Stick Insect
You need to spray the leaves two or three times a day with water to keep them moist. Change the leaves in the cups once a week.
- What they eat
Leafy Stick Insects decide what they are going to eat after they leave the ant nest. They find the nearest rose bush or wattle or eucalyptus tree to live in and eat from. Once they have chosen a type of tree to live in, they won’t eat anything else. If you feed them wattle or rose they will turn green, but if you feed them eucalyptus, they will turn brown.
When the mother lays the eggs, she flicks the egg somewhere near an ants’ nest. An ant finds the egg and takes it back to the nest. Then the ant eats the little round knob at the end. In two years, the egg will hatch and leave the nest.
Leafy stick insects take two years to hatch because once the ant eats the knob, the egg starts to weaken and the insect is able to break through.
The Tree Rat Tribe sprung their way deep into the forest. As they got into the forest it started to rain ponderously. So they started to build a hut for them to sleep in over the night.
They heard a noise, it sounded like a screaming monkey. Then one of the members shouted out, “The Asparagus Monkeys are coming. Arrrrr!!”
Everyone got their weapons and hid immediately in the bush and waited. A dead silence … and the only thing you could hear were the monkeys screaming as they came towards us.
“The ireful monkeys are here,” whispered Pudgy. “On my count of 3 we attack. 1, 2, 3 … Attack!!” yelled Pudgy.
Everyone threw their spears and launched their arrows. The monkey had sticks of fire so the lit lots of the rats on fire. They all ran to the pond, but most of them didn’t make it. Many of the Tree Rat Tribe died. The ones that lived ran to the bush. After an hour of running they finally found another tribe.
That night they got a good night’s sleep and couldn’t wait for the next day. The two monkeys woke up with a yawn and went outside. The sky was as dark as coal, as if there had been a bushfire. The two Asparagus Monkeys wanted to explore the forest.
As they ran into the forest, right there in front of them was the Asparagus Monkey Tribe. They screeched out “THEY’RE HERE!”
Everyone got all their weapons and fired at the tribe, but there were too many of them. So Master Chong called on his radio headset that he needed help desperately. In seconds there were millions of Tree Rats standing over the mountain as they charged down it.
They threw their spears and launched their arrows and in seconds the monkeys were defeated. After a while they had a funeral for the rats that didn’t survive the dreadful war. 10 minutes later they had a party. Then Master Chong announced that “Today is National Tree Rat Day!” Everyone was cheering, waving their flags and were so thrilled!!!!!!!!