The stick insects have been fornicating

Last week I discovered lots of little baby stick insects in our stick insect habitat. We started with four nymphs which I purchased on eBay last  year and they ate lots of leaves and grew and they must have laid eggs at some point because now there are babies. I’m not even sure how many – 7 or 8? At this rate we’re going to end up with an over-population. I read somewhere that they don’t live very long so maybe the four adults will die at some point? Here’s their habitat:


I fill it with ivy which is sitting in vases of water to keep it fresh. I usually top it up once every two weeks or so. Here’s a close-up of one of the babies.


This is a photo of the same thing as the one above but I’ve zoomed in on one of the adults at the very back.