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Giant Prickly Stick Insect by Preradkor Giant Prickly Stick Insect by Preradkor
This is my male giant prickly stick insect (Extatosoma tiaratum). It is one of very many animals I breed in my collection. In fact I have about 50 species (mostly arthropods). Some of them are really bizzare. I usually don't submit here photos because I am lame photographer. But this picture, although ugly background looks quite interesting. It is because creature itself is realy strange.
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Zippo4k Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
Out of curiosity, when you have specimens die, what do you do? Do you ever dry out the remains and mount them?
Preradkor Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If i notice it fast enough, it is not rotten (dead arthopods start to smell very bad, very fast), sometimes i dry them. Some of them I have in display cabinet, some on the ledge, covered with fat layer of dust, and I still repeat to myself, I must buy more display cabinets.
Pity, crayfish can never be dried out good. They decay so fast after dead, probably because they contain a lot of water inside. So I have a lot of dry insects (many of them, are species, which I don't breed since years), few arachnids and no crayfish, despite i started to breed arthorpods with crayfish...
Dried insects are good keepsake, for someone, who have so big arthropod culture, but they alvays look much worse than alive form. At first alive, are alive, second, dead tend to loose their colours, becoming black brown or gray.
Zippo4k Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
Hmph... there's got to be some way to dry them out, though it might involve some dissection to remove the vitals... hmmm... :shrugs:
I use to raise tropical cockroaches, but after reading some books on how to raise large scaraboid beetles, I learned that many breeders also mount their specimens. I guess it was something I never really thought of doing before (except for one time where I did mount some representatives for a school insect collection project.) :/
Preradkor Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Among large beetles I have dynastes hercules hercules. They are just awesome. and of course i dried out specimens what died in my collection. 2 females and unfortunately i found that male died too late, so i managed to save only shell from his pronotum and head, whats mean its horns (what this species has really magnificent).
But i dont know why larves didn't want to hatch in terrarium with adults, and after few months i started to separate eggs. Unfortunatelly it was too late and only two larves maked it to hatch, and only one od them survived. 3 weeks ago it metamorphosed into adult female. It opened box, where it was growed as a larva from inside, and begin to fly (at 3 am) in my room with helicopter like rumble, waking me and my budgerigars, what begin to scream in fear and fly in cage too... So now i have one adult female. Pity, nobody in Poland has male of this species to sell now... I managed do buy only 5 2instar larves, they would metamorphose in 2012...

I don't like roaches. I always thinked, they are not very interesting, and I don't like way they moves. Fast with great acceleration and without visible legs and heads.

Full list of my species is here: [link]
It is in polish, but every species has it's latin name. Under yellow "Gatunki hodowane w przeszłości:" there are species, what i used to breed in the past, but I don't have them longer. Green sign means, I breeded this species succesfully, red means still not breeded in my collection.
Preradkor Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I mean larves will metamorphose in 2013 of course. And rather late 2013. They grow very slow
AmnioticOef Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010
YES! another post from you! Hmm... what a truly strange insect. It's no wonder that people used to think that bugs could spring into existence from sticks and leaves.
Preradkor Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes it is very strange creature. And it is real and alive. :-)

Sorry for so long pause in posting. Im now experimenting with my new no pen style. Drawings I make now are much better, but it take soooo long time to make them. I have one finished drawing (glaciophobos, big predator from planet Ullr). It taked about 2 weeks. After that I tried to draw also part of jungle from Coatlicue and I am trapped in this since january. I hate to draw backgrounds, especially, when it is thicket of vegetation. I am sure now, that drawing what it become would'nt be worth half year of drawing. But I will finish it and I will post these two together in one day.
AmnioticOef Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2010
Excellent! I love your great drawings and descriptions. :)
thomastapir Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010
Heeeeey, I love these guys! I used to have a matched pair--Slim and Susie. I love the way they rock back and forth when you blow on them. :)
FraggleRamone Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
grozny gosc!
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June 22, 2010
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Date Taken
Jun 15, 2010, 6:25:42 PM