"What do we call a baby insect?"

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Babyganics Natural Insect Repellent, 2 oz, Packaging May Vary

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  • TAG : For comparison, here is a newly hatched baby stick insect:
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  • That said, it is worth investing in a number of baby leaf insects when you start out rather than trying to cut costs and just buy one or two. Doing so will greatly increase your chances of ending up with an adult pair, after which you will find a non-stop stream of eggs being produced which will enable you to grow your colony considerably.

    Of course in addition it’s generally far cheaper to buy baby leaf insects than adults and they also require a significantly smaller cage than the adults do meaning that at least initially they won’t take up too much space in your home.

  • When it comes to rearing baby leaf insects I have found that there are four real secrets to success. They are feeding, cleanliness, warmth and humidity. Let’s take a closer look at each one in turn and discuss in detail what you need to be providing for your leaf insects.

    Baby leaf insects are tiny and when collecting plant matter from the countryside it’s very easy to accidentally introduce a spider or suchlike that can quickly run amok among your leaf insects causing multiple fatalities.


    With young children, one good way to introduce the concept of metamorphosis is to begin by asking them about the names for baby animals.

    "What do we call a baby dog?" ... a puppy
    "What do we call a baby cat?" ... a kitten
    "What do we call a baby cow?" ... a calf
    ...
    "What do we call a baby bear?" ... a cub
    and finally,
    "What do we call a baby insect?"

    The answer to this final question depends on the type of development ...

  • In ametabolous insects, the immatures are called young.

  • In hemimetabolous insects, the immatures are called nymphs.
    (A naiad is an aquatic nymph.)

  • In holometabolous insects, the immatures are called larvae and pupae.
    (Caterpillars, maggots, wireworms, and grubs are types of larvae.)
  • Baby locust insects on a Plumeria stem.

    For some reason, this plant has become a locust lovers' lane.

    We often see the adults mating on it.

    I tried for some time to carefully examine every sprig before adding it to the cage but still found I missed the odd beastie that reduced the size of my colony so whilst it takes a little longer I now wash all my food plant under fast-running water – carefully wiping both sides of each leaf which, in combination with the power of the water blasting the leaves – virtually guarantees that no predators will make it into your baby leaf insect cage.

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Because baby leaf insects can move swiftly – and you may well be keeping a number of them together – the cleaning process can be a little problematic. Add to this the fact that washing the container and letting it dry can take some time and personally I have found it useful to have “spare” cages available.