Stick insects thrive in Early Learning

The Transition Gold class began incubating stick insects 15 months ago when they were in Preschool Gold.

The class now has 11 stick insects in their classroom.

“We incubated 70 eggs which came from our two females, Flick and Puffy, which were named based on a class vote,” Transition Gold Teacher Jasmin said.

“I got them because the group was very interested in insects and dinosaurs, and we had been talking about paleontologists and entomologists.

“We put our interest into practice and have been learning all about the life cycle of these fascinating creatures.

“We got them when they were very little. They have grown into adults, have laid eggs, and we have seen the whole life cycle.”

 

Jasmin said the children love their stick insects and take turns to mist and spray them each day.

“One child has taken two stick insects home, with hope for many more to come,” Jasmin said.

The children’s favourite facts about stick insects include:

  • Stick insects have ears in their KNEES!
  • They eat only eucalyptus leaves, just like koalas
  • They are excellent at camouflage
  • Female stick insects do not need a male to have babies.
  • If they do not encounter a male, then all of their eggs will hatch female!
  • If they do encounter a male, they will be half male, half female. This is called Parthenogenesis.