These little fellows are eggs of the giant prickly stick insect Extatosoma Tiaratum, kindly donated by that exceptionally fine fellow Bishop Alan. Have a look at his blog if you want an idea of what they’ll look like when (if?) they hatch. The eggs arrived with a hint of minty freshness, having been packed in a tic-tac box to save them from the excesses of the Royal Mail. They also came with a nice card, which forms (I think) a surreal background for the photo.
I’ve kept stick insects for a while, but not so exciting as the Bishop’s. This one is an Indian stick insect, Carausius morosus, having a little wander out of her tank.
The photos aren’t of the first water, I know. A quick snap with a cameraphone isn’t the best way. But you get the gist I’m sure.