Fresh bramble leaves to feed stick insects, we also supply fresh privet leaves and eucalyptus for stick insects to eat |Small-Life Supplies

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Fresh leaves for stick insects to eat
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Which leaves stick insects eat...
Bramble planted by a fence in the UK
BRAMBLE (blackberry) leaves are eaten by most stick insects including:
Indian, Pink Winged, Thailand, Vietnamese, New Guinea, Australian Macleays Spectre, Sabah, Guadeloupe, Philippines.

Gather bramble weekly from woods, overgrown areas, disused railway lines, or purchase Fresh Cut Bramble from Small-Life Supplies.
Seccateurs cutting bramble
Snip two 40cm long sprigs of bramble (this is one week's supply for one ELC cage). Mist the leaves with water.
Large privet hedge in the UK
PRIVET leaves are eaten by Indian Eri silkmoth caterpillars
and the Peruvian Black Beauty stick insects.

Gather privet weekly from established privet hedges or purchase Fresh Cut Privet from Small-Life Supplies (when available).

3cm long soft pale green bramble leaf
3cm long soft pale green bramble leaf
Spring time WARNING!
During March and April the new bramble shoots appear. These leaves are small, pale green and soft.

But these new leaves can be harmful to stick insects!

So pull off the new shoots and discard them, and only give the stick insects the older, darker green leaves.

The new soft pale green bramble leaves need to be a minimum length of 3cm long, before they are safe for your stick insects to eat. So have a ruler handy!

For more information, watch our YouTube video:


How to feed stick insects in the Spring





Sprig pot of bramble Sprig Pots
The easy way to keep stems of foodplant fresh.
Just fill with cold tap water and insert the sprigs of cut bramble or privet through the central hole.
Plug any gaps with the cotton wool ball provided. Sprig Pots are made in Britain and are dishwasher safe.

Sprig Pot ...£4.38

4 Sprig Pots ... £16.98
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Fresh Cut Bramble (3 sprigs)
Fresh Cut Bramble (3 sprigs).
The unsafe new growth shoots have been snipped off. So you will only receive the larger leaves that are safe for the stick insects to eat.
Fresh Cut Bramble
You receive three sprigs of Fresh Cut Bramble in a re-sealable wallet. Push the widest end of the stems into a Sprig Pot of cold tap water. Use what you need and place the remainder back in the wallet and store in the bottom of the fridge, where it will stay fresh for up to a week.

Bramble (blackberry) leaves are eaten by most species of stick insects. However there are a few species that will not eat bramble leaves, so please contact us if you need to check that bramble will be suitable to feed to your stick insects.

Mist the leaves daily with cold tap water, so the stick insects can drink from the water droplets on the leaves.

Wallet of Fresh Cut Bramble... £11.52
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Fresh Cut Mixed Leaves (3 sprigs)
Fresh Cut Mixed Leaves (3 sprigs)
Fresh Cut Mixed Leaves
You receive three sprigs of Fresh Cut Mixed Leaves in a re-sealable wallet. Push the widest end of the stems into a Sprig Pot of cold tap water. Use what you need and place the remainder back in the wallet and store in the bottom of the fridge, where it will stay fresh for up to a week.

Included are sprigs of:
Bramble (blackberry) leaves, Eucalyptus leaves and Photinia leaves.
This combination is ideal food for medium sized nymphs and adult Australian Macleays Spectre stick insects (Extatosoma tiaratum) .
Please note that very young Australian Macleays Spectre stick insects (under two months old) do best if fed exclusively eucalyptus leaves. To find out more, watch our You Tube video (# 004 "Feeding Australian stick insects in the UK").

Australian Macleays Spectre stick insects require less water than other species of stick insect, so only lightly mist the leaves weekly with cold tap water, so the stick insects can drink from the water droplets on the leaves.

Wallet of Fresh Cut Mixed Leaves... £11.52
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Blue Little Mister and white Mister Swivel
Little Mister and Mister Swivel
Misters
Stick insects need to drink water but, for most species, it's important not to put a dish of water in the cage because the small stick insect nymphs could drop in and drown.

So it is best to lightly mist the bramble leaves with water from a Mister. Ordinary cold tap water is good to use.


Do this in the late afternoon or early evening because this is the time when most stick insects like a drink. Try not to get the actual stick insects wet, so direct the water spray at the leaves rather than the stick insects. We have pre-set the nozzles on all our Misters to emit a fine mist rather than a strong jet of water.


Two designs are available:
The Little Mister, especially suited for small children to use. and
The Mister Swivel, a larger bottle with a directional green nozzle that you can swivel round. This is very useful because you can easily direct the spray downwards or sideways just by swivelling the nozzle. So it's great for easily spraying water onto the leaves in the ELC cages.
Little Mister ...£4.20

Mister Swivel ... £5.64
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DELIVERY

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SAFE ARRIVAL
Items are delivered within mainland UK by courier.
Safe arrival of goods is guaranteed and of course live arrival is guaranteed. We have been sending items since 1985 and always package items properly so that they arrive undamaged. We use both bespoke packaging and recycled packaging.


FAST DISPATCH
Items are in stock and dispatch is fast, usually within a few days. We let you know in advance what day delivery will be. On the day of arrival you can see what time delivery will be (within a two hour delivery window) by following the online tracking link. The driver can leave the parcel in your "safe place" if you may be going out.

DELIVERY PRICES
Prices start at £4.98.

If you order several items, the delivery price is usually capped at £9.96.

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Items sent in a pizza type box
Liners (ELC Liners, HAP Liners, HLQ Liners) FREE delivery if ordered with a large cage, otherwise delivery is £4.98
Book "Keeping Stick Insects"
Wallet of Fresh Cut Leaves
Cleaning Sponges
Items sent in a strong
medium-sized box
HAP FREE delivery if ordered with a large cage, otherwise delivery is £7.98
Sprig Pot
Little Mister, Mister Swivel
Items sent in a large extra-strong bespoke box
ELC cage 1 - 2 cages delivery is £9.96
3 - 4 cages delivery is £12.96
5 - 6 cages delivery is £15.96
ELC cage bundle
HLQ cage bundle
Items sent in an extra protective box
Stick insects FREE delivery if ordered with a large cage, otherwise delivery is £9.96
Caterpillars
Scottish delivery surcharges: The courier surcharges delivery to these Scottish postcodes: AB, DD, IV, KW, PA, PH, so please phone us on 01733 913480 if you live in these postcodes to request the total delivery price.
Payment Options...
Phone Small-Life Supplies on 01733 913480 to pay securely by credit or debit card.
We accept Electron, Solo, MasterCard, Visa, JCB, Maestro and American Express

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We'll confirm your order by email and send you the PayPal invoice.


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We'll confirm your order and email you our bank details.

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Payment can then be made by BACS, CHAPS, EFT, PayPal or card.
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