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PostPosted: Thu Mar 13, 2014 9:02 pm 
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Hi guys

I have bought some macleay spectre nymphs, however these little guys are constantly on the move in there enclosure, Ive never seen anything like it. Is this normal for this species?

They are eating well.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 14, 2014 9:48 am 
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They do move around quite a bit, especially as small nymphs. If you're oncerned that they are not spending enough time on the foodplant then ensure it is touching all of the sides and the top of the enclosure :).

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They usually settle down within a couple of days i think.

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indeed, the little nymphs like to run and run and run, but considering their natural habitat, this is quite understandable.
(the eggs often get carried into ant's nests, where they hatch, so the first thing the nymphs do is run out, because they were dropped there as eggs, they have the advantage that the ants don't smell them out immediately, else they would simply be ant food)
but indeed, at some point they settle down (at least before they first shed their skin normally) as long as they eat well, it should be fine, I've seen some older species liking to wiggle a lot ( like simulating a stick/leaf that moves in the wind)

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