The Indian stick insect – species name Carausius morosus– is sometimes known as the laboratory stick insect. Native to India, these nocturnal, wingless insects can grow to a length of 10 cm (female) – the adult males come in a little shorter at around 5.5 cm.

The Indian stick insect can vary in colour from a light green to a dark brown. It enjoys many types of leaves for sustenance, but it prefers privet, ivy, hawthorn, pyracantha, bramble, rose, raspberry, ligustrum, oak, and hazel.

They can reproduce parthenogenically or sexually. Parthenogenesis always produces female clones of the mother. This also means that males can only be produced via sexual reproduction. The eggs are brown in colour once laid and have an incubation period of two to three months. Upon hatching, the baby stick insect reaches maturity within four or five months. Their expected life span is about one year.

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Information

 

Species Name:

Carausius morosus

Common Name(s):

Indian stick insect, laboratory stick insect

Describer:

Sinéty

Year Described:

1901

Originates:

India

Reproduction:

parthenogenesis and sexual

Egg Colour:

brown

Egg Incubation Period:

2-3 months

Diurnal or Nocturnal:

nocturnal

Winged or Wingless:

wingless

Size at Maturity:

male 55mm, female 80-100mm

Colouration:

from light green to almost dark brown

Leaves Eaten:

privet, ivy, hawthorn, pyracantha, bramble, rose, raspberry, ligustrum, oak, hazel

Maturity Reached at:

4-5 months

Lifespan:

about 12 months

To Look After:

very easy

Temperament:

calm and docile

Scientific classification

 

Kingdom:

Animalia

Phylum:

Arthropoda

Class:

Insecta

Order:

Phasmatodea

Infraorder:

Anareolatae

Family:

Lonchodidae

Subfamily:

Lonchodinae

Genus:

Carausius

Species:

C. morosus

Taxonomy

 

Kingdom

Animalia

Subkingdom

Bilateria

Infrakingdom

Protostomia

Superphylum

Ecdysozoa

Phylum

Arthropoda

Subphylum

Hexapoda

Class

Insecta

Subclass

Dicondylia

Subclass

Pterygota

Infraclass

Neoptera

Superorder

Polyneoptera

Order

Phasmida

Suborder

Verophasmatodea

Infraorder

Anareolatae

Family

Diapheromeridae

Genus

Carausius

Species

Carausius morosus

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