[Intro music] Hi guys! I’m Jessi and this is Animal Wonders. I get to do some amazing things at Animal Wonders that not very many people get to experience. And so I’d like to share some behind the scenes experiences that I get to do. I wanna share ’em with you! Last night I was doing closing rounds and I stopped to look at the northern walking stick insects, and I…I just saw some amazing thing happening so I went and grabbed my phone and I caught this video. [Insect sounds in the background]
[Jessi]: This walking stick insect, female, northern walking stick insect, is preparing…to drop her egg. There we go. Unstable cam, I have a tortoise rubbing against my back. Right there, right at the very end tip of her [gasp] Yucca I’m trying to shoot a video. I really want to catch this egg. She’s hangin’ right there. It would be absolutely amazing to catch. A walking stick egg! These guys can lay about a hundred eggs. And they live in huge colonies and I’ve heard them say during egg laying season in the forest, there’s gonna be huge colonies of them laying eggs and all the eggs will come down and land on the ground and it will sound like it’s raining. Raining stick insect eggs. It’s hangin’ out right there. Freshly made it’s a little sticky so it’s sticking to her. Let’s see There! [Whispering] Awesome! I can stick it down on this leaf here. So it can harden up. Alright, Yucca, you want some attention? Rubbin’ up against me. How are ya doin’? So that was really awesome that I got to see that. That was the first time I actually got to see an egg being laid! Um, I’m just glad that I was there to see that, and I’m glad that I can share it with you! If you guys would like to go on an adventure with us every week, subscribe to our channel and hopefully we’ll be doing a lot more of those behind the scenes things as well as our educational videos. And if you have any questions or comments and want to find me throughout the week you can find me on Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook. Thanks guys! [Outro music] Welcome back to Animal Wonders. I get asked all the time, “How do I train my animal to…?”

Behind the Scenes: Stick Insect Egg
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44 thoughts on “Behind the Scenes: Stick Insect Egg

  • January 30, 2015 at 1:55 am
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    Funny story: we used to keep stick insects, and one time they didn't eat a plant so we took it out. Turns out they had just laid eggs on it instead. We had free range stick insects for months! hahaha

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  • January 30, 2015 at 1:56 am
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    This is super cool!

    I really like how passionate you are; it comes across great 🙂

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  • January 30, 2015 at 1:57 am
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    Carefully places egg to – – crunch! "Oops"

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  • January 30, 2015 at 2:09 am
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    Are we going to get updates on how the egg is doing?

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  • January 30, 2015 at 2:13 am
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    Thank you, Jessi! What a great find! (Though Stick Insects still creep me RIGHT out) this was incredibly cool!

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  • January 30, 2015 at 2:18 am
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    I'd like to see more of these types of videos. 🙂

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  • January 30, 2015 at 2:24 am
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    What are you going to do once the eggs hatch? I can't imagine you can maintain 100+ walking sticks.

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  • January 30, 2015 at 2:27 am
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    I expected to see a lot of "Ew! Gross!" comments.  I'm happily surprised that isn't so.  I'm not a big fan of insects but it's always interesting to see nature in action.  I would also like updates on the egg/eggs progress. 

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  • January 30, 2015 at 2:39 am
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    Wow! That's amazing! I love just seeing things by chance like that. You aren't expecting to see anything different or special but you do.

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  • January 30, 2015 at 2:51 am
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    Great vid as always 🙂

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  • January 30, 2015 at 2:58 am
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    I had stick insects when I was little! I wish I could get some now… What conditions does it take for the females to lay eggs?

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  • January 30, 2015 at 3:00 am
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    The miracle of birth!

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  • January 30, 2015 at 3:31 am
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    Makes a great omelet

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  • January 30, 2015 at 3:52 am
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    We used to have stick insects. We used to sell them back to the pet shop because we had so many, but eventually they became too many to handle, so we got rid of them.

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  • January 30, 2015 at 4:00 am
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    While in the field in southern New Mexico, I saw two walking sticks on a mesquite bush. Would you happen to know what species they could have been? I have pictures of them if you think that would help. 

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  • January 30, 2015 at 4:17 am
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    I love all of the shirts that you wear. How do you find so many shirts with animals on them? I know an owl or a fox might be easy to find at any store, but is that an otter you have on today? I need to google this…

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  • January 30, 2015 at 4:38 am
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    Aw, that was an awesome moment @AnimalWonders Montana.  I'm really glad you shared the video!

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  • January 30, 2015 at 5:12 am
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    That was awesome! I've only gotten to see these insects a couple of times in my life and I never thought I'd get to see one laying an egg. Never really imaged it either though, lol.

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  • January 30, 2015 at 5:16 am
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    How do you feed phasmids in the winter? I have been wanting to keep stick insects for a long time, but I don't know how to feed them when winter comes and all the leaves are dead.

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  • January 30, 2015 at 8:03 am
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    I hope you try to hatch the eggs and do an update! Do they eat that plant? It looks dried up

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  • January 30, 2015 at 8:27 am
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    Aww Yucca is so cute!
    P.S I'm early!!!😚

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  • January 30, 2015 at 8:38 am
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    That is totally awesome. I have never seen a stick insect egg! I doubt I would ever notice something that small on the ground around here but now I am going to worried walking in my yard thinking I may be stepping on some. We have a nice healthy population of them around here and I mostly see the little ones but one time I found one that was dying which made me sad. I was also thrilled though because it was about 10 inches long which amazed me.

    – Heidi

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  • January 30, 2015 at 11:45 am
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    We had Stick Insects at my old school and they really liked the leaves of blackberry plants

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  • January 30, 2015 at 12:20 pm
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    That was amazing! For some reason, I thought the eggs were a lot bigger, so I was surprised at the end. Cute to see yucca as an attention hog.

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  • January 30, 2015 at 1:27 pm
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    How dare you ignore Yucca! If I try to do that to our little turtle I would get bitter hate for days!

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  • January 30, 2015 at 2:44 pm
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    I thought stick bugs where hermaphrodites?

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  • January 30, 2015 at 4:02 pm
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    That was awesome.

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  • January 30, 2015 at 4:08 pm
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    The stick insects we had when I was younger laid eggs, and we collected a few and kept them in a jar in our airing cupboard where it was warm. We didn't really think anything would happen (or that they were even eggs), but a month or so later they hatched and we had some little babies. They were so cute!

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  • January 30, 2015 at 4:20 pm
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    I bet the walking stick insect community will be offended because you put such a private moment in a walking stick insect's life on the internet in a video form for everyone to see!
     😛

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  • January 30, 2015 at 7:24 pm
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    I want to be in the forest when it's raining eggs.

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  • January 31, 2015 at 1:12 am
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    When I lived in Oklahoma, I used take pictures of a type of walking stick that lived in tall prairie grass. That is so cool what you filmed and thank you for sharing!

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  • January 31, 2015 at 10:19 am
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    "Guys" don't lay eggs. 😛

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  • January 31, 2015 at 3:14 pm
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    I  have a chinchilla, Sammy, and hay is a huge part of their diet, but he will not eat it! how can I get him to start eating hay?

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  • February 1, 2015 at 1:47 am
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    Wow, very cool 🙂

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  • February 1, 2015 at 11:07 am
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    My brother used to keep stick insects. He went from having two (maybe only one!) to having almost uncountable numbers in an extremely short period of time. Then one day the top got left off and they all started to escape but the cat noticed and killed them all. I don't really understand why it's legal to keep them in places where they aren't native; it would be impossible to gather them back up (or even know if you had them all) if they did escape.

    Having said that, I think the SW of England has several species from New Zealand which came over on plants and have been naturalized for decades, and I think the evidence suggests they don't really have a negative impact on the native ecology. And I think most escaped pets here would just die because the climate isn't right.

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  • February 1, 2015 at 11:16 pm
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    Wow! I was sooooo glad to find out you had your own youtube channel ! It's always good to see people who genuinely love animals! Keep up the good work ! 🙂

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  • February 2, 2015 at 8:59 am
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    So what is the life cycle of a stick insect? What will it look like when it hatches?

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  • February 3, 2015 at 6:38 am
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    Amusing creatures.

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  • February 8, 2015 at 12:59 am
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    So cool, Jessi!

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  • February 15, 2015 at 1:26 am
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    I just wondering those a walkkng stick bite ?

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  • February 15, 2015 at 1:27 am
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    And also do you have an instagram ?

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  • March 4, 2015 at 6:08 am
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    I had Indian walking sticks for a few years, and it was really fun to watch them lay eggs once or twice a day. And it was even cooler to watch the baby stick insects hatch and look for water. 🙂

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  • January 21, 2018 at 4:28 pm
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    I have 3 praying mantis. Ghost mantis, spiny flower, and giant Asian! I love them so much!

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  • March 30, 2018 at 2:47 am
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    That was ridiculously awesome!!!!!!!

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