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Mark Smitheman's insects.

I am an experienced amateur breeder of exotic insects and other invertebrates with around thirty species (mostly Phasmids and Phyllidae - stick and leaf insects) in my collection.

As many of these breed very successfully I often have surplus eggs and animals, and to avoid overcrowding I like to offer these for re-homing.

This list will change frequently due to breeding cycles but is kept up to date. To check for current availability email me to discuss your requirements.

Prices are for single insects, but larger numbers (lots of 6 or 10 for example) are usually available at discounted prices. Eggs are priced as lots of 10 or 25.

I do not look to profit from my hobby, so I try to keep my prices sensible. Any money made is recycled into buying new species, the maintainance of my cultures and to fund this webpage.

Scroll down the page or use these links to find what you want.
Live stick and leaf insects
Stick and leaf insect eggs
Other invertebrates
Postal options

Page last updated:- 02/11/2021

Special offers:-

Pink-winged stick insects (Sipyloidea sipylus) are an easy species with the same requirements as Indian stick insects (Carausius morosus). We currently have lots of babies looking for new homes.

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Sipyloidea sipylus
(Pink-winged stick insect)

A beautiful species noted for its bright pink wings when adult. Nymphs are pea-green. This is an easy species, happy at room temperature and moderate humidity.
Origin:- Widespread throughout Asia.
Temperature range:- 20-30°C
Humidity:- 70%RH+
Food plants:- Bramble, Rose, Hawthorn, Salmon Berry, Rhododendron, and Pyracantha.

Small nymphs
5 for £5.00 Inc. P&P

Live stick and leaf insects

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Peruphasma shultei
(Black beauty)

A strange and beautiful species, growing to 6-8cm from Peru. This is a very easy species to keep. N.B. They are a very docile species but do have a defensive spray (which can irritate the skin) which they use if handled roughly.
Origin:- Peru
Temperature range:- 20-24°C
Humidity:- 50-60%RH
Food plants:- Privet.

Small nymphs
£1.00 each + P&P.
Limited number available.

Stick and leaf insect eggs

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Acanthomenexenus polyacanthus

A small, spiny species growing to only 6-8cm. The adult males have a striking dark steel blue colour. This is an easy species, happy at room temperature and moderate humidity.
Origin:- Sangihe island (Sulewasi)
Temperature range:- 20-30°C
Humidity:- 70%RH+
Food plants:- Bramble, ivy, lonicera

Eggs (inc P&P)
£5.00/10 or £6.50/25

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Lopaphus sp. 'Cuc Phuong'

A very lively medium-sized species, often active during the day. Image is adult female.
Origin:- Vietnam
Temperature range:- 20-27°C
Humidity:- 60-70%RH
Food plants:- Bramble

Eggs (inc P&P)
£5.00/10 or £6.50/25

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Phobaeticus magnus

One of the largest stick insect species growing to 40cm or more.
They are easy to rear but due to their size need to be kept in a very large enclosure. This is a parthenogenic culture.
Origin:- Thailand
Temperature range:- 20-28°C
Humidity:- 70-90%RH
Food plants:- Bramble, Rose, Hawthorn, Sweet Chestnut.

Eggs (inc. P&P)
£6.50/10 or £8.00/25 Limited number available.

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Phyllium philippinicum

This popular and beautiful species is perhaps the easiest leaf insect to raise.
Origin:- The Philippines
Temperature range:- 25-30°C
Humidity:- 50-70%RH
Food plants:- Bramble, Rose, Hawthorn, Guava

Eggs (inc. P&P)
£5.00/10 or £6.50/25

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Ramulus anceps

A rare and beautiful medium/large-sized species. Colourful throughout their lives the nymphs are pea-green when young then take on spectacular black and white colouration with yellow/orange highlights in later instars - see image.
Origin:- Vietnam
Temperature range:- 20-25°C
Humidity:- 70-80%RH
Food plants:- Bramble, raspberry, rose.

Eggs (inc. P&P)
£5.00/10 or £6.50/25

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Ramulus nematodes 'blue'

A popular and easy medium/large-sized species, best known for the vivid blue adult males (pictured).
Origin:- Vietnam
Temperature range:- 20-25°C
Humidity:- 70%RH+
Food plants:- Bramble, oak.

Eggs (inc. P&P)
£3.50/10 or £5.00/25

Other invertebrates

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Anadenobolus monilicornis
(Bumblebee Millipede)

These beautiful little millipedes can grow to 7.5cm long and live up to 7 years. Like all millipedes they require a deep substrate of soil and leaf litter which should be kept damp, and a well-ventilated habitat. The millipedes available are around 3cm long.
Origin:- Jamaica
Temperature range:- 22-28°C
Humidity:- 50-70%RH
Food:- Vegetable matter, leaf litter.

£3.50 each + P&P

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Telodeinopus aouti
(Olive Millipede)

Also known as the Skeleton-leg millipede, this species can grow to 20cm long and live for several years. They require a deep substrate of soil and leaf litter which should be kept damp, and a well-ventilated habitat. The millipedes available are around 3-4cm long.
Origin:- Africa
Temperature range:- 22-28°C
Humidity:- 70-80%RH
Food:- Vegetable matter, leaf litter, fruit.

£5.00 each + P&P

cockroaches

Gromphadorhina portentosa
(Madagascan hissing cockroach)

A large, harmless species of cockroach. These are fun pets who are easy to handle and make a loud hissing noise when disturbed.
Origin:- Madagascar
Temperature range:- 20-25°C
Humidity:- 50-70%RH
Food:- Vegetable matter, leaf litter. They also like some protein and carbohydrate.

Nymphs and adults
£1.00 each + P&P

Isopoda

Isopods - Porcellio species
(Giant orange woodlice)

A large species of isopod from Spain. These will grow to be twice the size of the common grey woodlouse and are very active. They make great fun pets and are also a very useful addition to the 'clean-up-crew' in a bioactive vivarium.
Origin:- Spain
Temperature range:- 20-25°C
Humidity:- 50-70%RH
Food:- Vegetable matter, leaf litter, decaying wood.

£6.50/10 (inc. P&P)

Contact

Please send me an email for further details, if you have any questions, or to place an order.

Postage and Packing (P&P)

UK only - see below for overseas sales.

My standard Postage and Packing charge is £8.00 for Royal Mail 'Special Delivery' (next day tracked). This service is strongly recommended.
Large orders (bigger boxes) may incur a higher charge, so please check when discussing your order.

At the buyers' request I can send insects using regular Royal Mail 1st Class Parcel which is less expensive at £4.50, but if you choose this service I cannot guarantee the prompt, safe delivery of your insects.

Where P&P is included in the price, smaller animals and eggs will be sent via Royal Mail 1st Class 'large letter'.
Live animals will only be sent as a letter when it is safe and appropriate for them.

International sales

Postage to EU and other countries may be possible. Please feel free to contact me to discuss this.
Due to local biosecurity laws I am not able to post to Australia, Canada or US.
Please note :- It is the buyers' responsibility to check local laws and regulations regarding importing invertebrates.

Payment

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