Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Patter of Tiny Feet



Five newborns! Three hundred and forty-two, (give or take), to go!



It’s all trés excitement, pacing-of-the-floorboards in these parts! The leafy stick insect eggs have begun to hatch! The Middle is wearing pride in his goofy grin – just as any new dad would! The unpopular Carnivorous Fish is looking uncomfy, housed as he is, in a tank suited to an extensive family of sticks!



Phew.

(That was a lot of exclamation).

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PS. As much as I adore leafy stick insects, even I could not co-exist with three hundred and forty-seven (give or take) of the critters. Assuming further expansion and survival and so on, we shall be drawing up adoption papers and interviewing parental candidates. Dear Mama Sticks, I hope you, (or at least your souls), are perched on a juicy gum leaf, swaying in a light breeze, nodding approval from above.

PPS. Just to be conclusively definitive about things, I am not pregnant.

28 comments:

Michelle said...

The babies are so very cute. We are hoping some of our eggs hatch soon as we are down to our very last sticky.

Lola Nova said...

Well, if it weren't for a very tricky customs regulation, we would be putting in a petition for the adoption of a stick or two. It just so happens that we are smack dab in the middle of "The Universe of Insects" on the 1st grade curriculum roster. So it's all bugs all the time 'round here, with the occasional desperate bid for a guinea pig or a puppy.

Reminds me, must order the caterpillars soon, the butterfly condo is currently vacant.

Congratulations on your little bundles erm...sticks of joy!

Jenny from Ohjoh said...

If they are friendly and happy to co-exist with a dog and 3 kids we might like to have one or two .....
Congratualtions on the expanding family

Tas said...

I hear that they are a bugger to toilet train.... ;)

CurlyPops said...

Oh my goodness, where do those little critters live?

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

If it weren't for Customs , I'd swap you ten wet woodlice for a stick insect .
Their lack of potty training wouldn't matter .... they'd fit in with most of our customer base , beautifully .

flowerpress said...

Yay! how exciting!!! Aren't they cute, the leafies live on :-)
Although I do hope for your sake that all those eggs don't hatch!

Francesca said...

trés exciting! :)
PS thank you so much for your nice comment.

Jennie said...

oh gawd - that looks like a scorpion to me!!

Kylie said...

Scary... really scary. I'm itching already ;) Kx

silverpebble said...

I am boiling the kettle frantically and donning my mop cap but I think it is too late!

How do you feel about being a Nana?

I vividly remember our stick insect hatch, circa 1981. They were miniature houdinis. I kept finding them on the curtains. The dog found several too. Ahem. I am hoping that your dog is less keen on bush tucker-style snacks than ours was.

Jodie said...

I wonder how many people totally fruck out when they saw your title in their reader....

Fer said...

Awwww..... !! ;)

Mama of 2 boys said...

Ah Tania, you are so very funny, always put a smile on my face... I'm sure I've said that before!
Man those little creatures would freak me out something fierce, you're a brave lady playing foster Mama to them :o) xo

teddybearswednesday said...

HOW exciting!! And i would love be an adopter xo

Shannon said...

they are a bit cute; the crisp linen backdrop adds to their appeal.

Jo James said...

Congratulations! (?)
If I were closer, I'd gladly take a hundred (really just two) off your hands.
We've got a new arrival too, in more of a puppy-shaped form. Sometimes she feels like she's 347 puppies.

Copper Patch said...

Considering the title of your last post....are you sure you're not in a 'sticky' situation?


Stand by while I reload the pun gun ;)

Nikki said...

How do you reckon they'd get on with one real cat and about 400 imaginary cats and kittens?

They are VERY cute, in an insecty sort of way.

A Peppermint Penguin said...

sorry to be late to the christening party... how many naming ceremonies have you got left to go now?

WORD - grableig :D

Molly (Mike & Molly's House) said...

These are amazing! At first I thought they were your latest craft project!

Loz and Dinny said...

Yup. Briefly thought you had gone all ... 'gee I miss the baby phase, let's go another' on me. A bizzillion stick insects is a relief (and so cute, without constantly emptying your tupperware drawer)

Gina said...

Holy moley T! Dropping over here to congratulate you on your recent whip-up nuttiness, I'm so thrilled to also have you solve for me what has been a Great Mystery in the clutterpunk household. I've been googling 'strange jumpy ant things with curled-up abdomens' for the past week, trying to figure out what type of evil formicator has been inhabiting our laundry. I was worried they might be EVIL ANTS OF DEATH and tried to take photos on the iPhone to send to the pest guys, Your close-ups of the babies have put me back in my place. (Perhaps a few of the eggs floated over here on the breeze??)

katiecrackernuts said...

Oh Lordy, I did see this post when you put it up but moved on from the creepy crawly advance I had started imagining.
How does one contain an explosion of the things?
I don't mind creepy crawlies but en masse? I don't know.
Thanks for the comment on my blog. I am very much focussed on Friday's collapse. Thanks for adding a little cheer squad support.

Madeline said...

Levi would be in heaven. What incredible little creatures. 300+ might be a bit overwhelming though.

Lucy said...

they are so cute!
congrats ;) xx

yaga said...

haha, how funny! I remember how we had these as kids and it was always very exciting when they had babies.
I'm popping by your lovely blog to say thank you, thank you, thank you, for the beautiful piece of bunting that arrrived in the mail from you the other day! I love it!
Keep on crafting!
yaga

quirky granola girl said...

[shudder] i'm glad my toddler is just into ladybugs so far. that is a heck of a lot of bug babies, my dear...