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Carausius morosus

By imander
This is a Carausius morosus or better known as a Indian Stick Insect, we rehomed five of these the other day from a friend of my daughters.
As pets go they may not be the cutest but they are facinting and if they need a home.....well who am I to refuse .

Thanks for looking I have included some information below for anyone who's interested.

Cheers Ian

Info :Carausius morosus (the 'common', 'Indian' or 'laboratory' stick insect) is a species of phasmid that is often kept by schools and individuals as pets. Culture stocks originate from an original collection from Tamil Nadu, India. Like the majority of the phasmatodea, they are nocturnal. Culture stocks are parthenogenetic females that can reproduce without mating. There are no reports of males, although in captivity gynandromorphs (individuals with both female and male characteristics) are sometimes reared.

Parthenogenesis (from the Greek παρθένος parthenos, "virgin", + γένεσις genesis, "creation") is an asexual form of reproduction found in females where growth and development of embryos or seeds occurs without fertilization by a male. The offspring produced by parthenogenesis are always female in species where the XY chromosome system determines sex.
Parthenogenesis occurs naturally in some species, including most lower plants, a Kalanchoe succulent plant genus of South Africa, invertebrates (e.g. water fleas, aphids, some bees, some scorpion species, and parasitic wasps), and vertebrates (e.g. some reptiles,[1] fish, and, very rarely, birds[2] and sharks[3]) and this type of reproduction has been induced artificially in other species.

Tags: Flowers and plants Ivy Indian Stick insect Pets and captive animals Wildlife and nature Mature Carausius morosus

Voters: Hoffy, helenlinda, PeelNStick and 34 more

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helenlinda Plus
13 374 22 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2009 9:46AM
Wonderful lighting and colours. He's a very striking insect
CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
19 Jan 2009 10:21AM
An excellent capture of this strange looking 'pet'! Carol
hellsbells8868 12 151 2 Wales
19 Jan 2009 10:22AM
Fabulous lighting, love the colours and his cheeky face....
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2408 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2009 11:25AM
A handsome addition to the family. Putting him against the green ivy is inspired, he coorinateses in colour but contrasts in every other way. Looking forward to seeing more.
jaecat 13 29 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2009 11:49AM
great colour on him/her,would imagine its hard to tell the sex of a stick he/she got a name if not how about pogo (stick) ?
woolybill1 Plus
14 37 78 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2009 12:12PM
S/he or it makes an excellent abstract Ian!

Moira apologises for the typo - she cannot co-ordinate her fingers this morning. Actually she cannot even coorinatese them Smile
whiteswan01 13 13 England
19 Jan 2009 12:15PM
great colours and detail
imander 14 388 7 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2009 12:19PM
lol....cheers all
jdenman 12 19 5 Spain
19 Jan 2009 1:13PM
Great write up and image, at first glance I thought it was a portrait of Victoria Beckham.
19 Jan 2009 1:17PM
great lighting and colour well composed shot-ray
Nettles 14 England
19 Jan 2009 2:26PM
Wonder what you'll get next, we ought to run a book on it .
foggytwo 17 36 1 Scotland
19 Jan 2009 2:52PM
An excellent capture Ian and an equally interesting description too.
Bob_V 13 1 2 United States
19 Jan 2009 3:08PM
A stunning macro shot, such great color and detail.
SlowSong Plus
12 9.6k 30 England
19 Jan 2009 3:23PM
The leaves and insects are exactly the same green. Those red flashes on the legs are lovely.
Scaramanga 13 60 6 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2009 3:27PM
Fabulous colours and details, great dof too.
lyntonB 14 2 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2009 4:13PM
Supeb macro shot, nice detail and composition.

19 Jan 2009 6:14PM
great stuff Ian, brilliant.

John Smile
lonely_oryx 13 61 55 England
19 Jan 2009 6:15PM
Beautiful insect
ge22y 12 115 12 Wales
19 Jan 2009 8:21PM
Great detail, like the black background.

georgieboy 13 1 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2009 10:06PM
This is more scarey than Soup and an excellent macro shot. I have fond memories of raiding the privet hedges around the local neighbourhood to provide food for a number of these creatures Wink
bunbeam 15 2 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2009 10:27PM
I think it`s cute, lovely shot

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