I took these pictures with my cell phone, but you can see a few of the stick bugs in these pictures. In the top one, on the right, is the lower half of the biggest guy in the tank. He is the loudest and seems to be a bit of a bully. I say "he" but I really don't know. Maybe a big bully "she"?
Iris and I researched a little about stick bugs and discovered that they like to be kept very warm and they like to eat blackberry leaves. Ruh roh. It's neither warm here (at least not tropical warm) and there aren't blackberries around. I am assuming that these stick bugs do just fine in normal house temps as they are residents of the school, which I can assure you is not a tropical environment. I also read one thing online that says they like kale, so I grabbed some out of our veggie bin and threw a few stalks in. I did notice a few bugs gravitate towards the kale quickly, so let's hope that works!
The other thing we are to do is spray the inside of the tank daily with water. Eloise helped with that this morning and is a pretty easy daily task.
Since the girls have been begging for a small pet, I'm going to try and convince them stick bugs is the way to go. Iris's classroom also has finches that sound really lovely so I am maybe, MAYBE, going to consider finches. Of course Eloise insists she wants a BIG bird. Um, no.
Anyone else keep stick bugs? Have any tips? Any other thoughts of smaller animals that make easy (and hardy) pets?