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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 now priced as lots of 30.

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
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Page last updated:- 26/09/2022

Special Offers

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Aretaon asperrimus
(Sabah thorny stick insect)

The 'thorns' and sting-like ovipositor (egg-laying organ) give these insects quite a scary appearance, but they are a slow, docile and friendly species ideal for beginners. Kids love these easy-to-handle 'monsters'.

Origin:- Sabah (Malaysian Borneo)

Temperature range:- 20-30°C

Humidity:- 55-70%RH

Food plants:- Bramble, ivy, oak

10x nymphs (various sizes)

£12.50 including next-day tracked delivery

Limited number available

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Pterulina distinctissima

A slender species of stick insect with subtle colour highlights, with females growing to around 18-20cm. The males (illustrated) are smaller and are strong flyers.
The females often rest in an unusual position holding the head and pro-thorax up giving them a strange 'bent' appearance.
This is an easy species with no special requirements, and they breed readily, producing unusual long thin eggs.

Origin:- Vietnam

Temperature range:- 21-25°C

Humidity:- 55-70%RH

Food plants:- Bramble

10x nymphs (various sizes)

£15.00 including next-day tracked delivery

!!! One lot only available !!!

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Sungaya inexpectata
('Sunny' stick insect)

A beautiful medium-sized species, happy at higher room temperatures and high humidity. Very docile and easy to keep, with a striking white stripe running the length of the body in adults.
This species lays their eggs in soil, so a container of soil, coir etc will need to be provided for them.

Origin:- Luzon Island, The Philippines.

Temperature range:- 22-27°C

Humidity:- 60-80%RH

Food plants:- Guava, bramble, hazel, European beech, hornbeam, Norway maple, ivy, dogwood, and ash.

10x Nymphs (various sizes)

£12.50 including next-day tracked delivery

Limited number available

Live stick and leaf insects

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Carausius morosus
(Indian stick insect)

The classic stick insect, this is a very popular, easy species, ideal for beginners.
This is a parthenogenic culture.

Origin:- Most of Asia.

Temperature range:- 20-25°C

Humidity:- 60-70%RH

Food plants:- Bramble, ivy, privet

Nymphs (various sizes) and adults available

50p each + P&P

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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.
This is a parthenogenic culture.

Origin:- Widespread throughout Asia.

Temperature range:- 20-30°C

Humidity:- 70%RH+

Food plants:- Bramble, Rose, Hawthorn, Salmon Berry, Rhododendron, and Pyracantha.

Nymphs (various sizes) and adults available

50p each + P&P

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Taraxippus samarae 'Siquirres'

A small, moss-mimic species growing to around 8cm. They are brown and green coloured and have many feather-like protrusions on their bodies. The adult males are winged, but they are reluctant flyers, being quite laid back.
This is quite a new species to the hobby, and are one of the most unusual stick insects you will see.

Origin:- Costa Rica

Temperature range:- 21-25°C

Humidity:- 70%RH+

Food plants:- Bramble

Nymphs (L1/L2)

£1.50 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:- 60-70%RH

Food plants:- Bramble, ivy, lonicera

30 eggs

£12.50 (Inc. P&P)

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Lopaphus sp. 'Cuc Phuong'

A beautiful medium-sized stick insect. These are easy to keep and are a very lively species, often active during the day. Nymphs are green when young then take on a silver-spotted chocolate brown colour. Adults are blue and brown - image is adult female.

Origin:- Vietnam

Temperature range:- 20-27°C

Humidity:- 60-70%RH

Food plants:- Bramble

30 eggs

£10.00 (Inc. P&P)

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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:- 55-70%RH

Food plants:- Bramble, Rose, Hawthorn, Guava

30 eggs

£10.00 (Inc. P&P)

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Pterulina distinctissima

A slender species of stick insect with subtle colour highlights, with females growing to around 18-20cm. The males (illustrated) are smaller and are strong flyers.
The females often rest in an unusual position holding the head and pro-thorax up giving them a strange 'bent' appearance.
This is an easy species with no special requirements, and they breed readily, producing unusual long thin eggs.

Origin:- Vietnam

Temperature range:- 21-25°C

Humidity:- 55-70%RH

Food plants:- Bramble

30 eggs

£10.00 (Inc. P&P)

Limited number available

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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. Adult females are a light dusty green and pink colour while adult males are black with red legs.

Origin:- Vietnam

Temperature range:- 20-25°C

Humidity:- 70-80%RH

Food plants:- Bramble, raspberry, rose

30 eggs

£12.50 (Inc. P&P)

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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:- 70-80%RH

Food plants:- Bramble, oak

30 eggs

£10.00 (Inc. P&P)

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Taraxippus samarae 'Siquirres'

A small species growing to around 8cm, who mimic moss as camoflage. They are brown and green coloured and have many feather-like protrusions on their bodies making them look like fronds of moss.

Origin:- Costa Rica

Temperature range:- 21-25°C

Humidity:- 70%RH+

Food plants:- Bramble

30 eggs

£15.00 (Inc. P&P)

Other invertebrates

millipede

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.

£2.50 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

50p 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.

£5.00/10 (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

My standard Postage and Packing charge for live inscts is £8.50 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 live insects using regular Royal Mail 1st Class Parcel which is less expensive at £5.00, but if you choose this service I cannot guarantee the prompt, safe delivery of your insects.

Small nymphs and other small animals might be able to be sent as a 1st Class large letter for £2.00 which significantly reduces postage costs, but live animals will only be sent this way when it is safe and appropriate for them.

Eggs will be sent via 1st Class large letter. Postage is included in the price.

N.B. I do not offer an international postage service.

Most countries have strict biosecurity laws preventing the import of invertebrates. While this is sometimes possible there is a considerable amount of bureaucracy involved which means it is not a practical option.

Sadly, due to Brexit, I am no longer able to offer postage to the EU.

Payment

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