Bug (Diapherodes gigantea) Kingdom- Animalia.
(No PSG Yet)
following pictures are of a female Diapherodes gigantea,
which have died shortly after being mated with a
male. The autopsy have showed to me, that she have
starved her self to death :(!
First, i have made two incisions
on the under side of the phasmid. The first incision
i made on the thorax, and second on the abdomen.
I have also pined her body, so that it does not
move and the legs are not in the way.
Above, you see the exoskeleton being held apart
with some needles. At this point i have wiped as
much of moisture as i could with a paper towel.
You have to remember, when wiping and cleaning the
phasmid from the inside, to leave the "skin"
under the exoskeleton, other wise she will loose
most of her color.
After as much as possible of the moisture have
being taken away, i began staffing her with Cotton
to make sure that she does not loose her shape.
Here you can see that i have filled her abdomen
with Cotton, and have pinned it shut with needles.
It does not have to be perfect, as the under side
of the phasmid will be facing the paper/ back side
of the frame.
I have also done the same thing with the Thorax,
which actually worked out quite well. At this point,
i made sure that all of the legs and antanae are
being held in the correct position. Then I have
placed it in a dry, warm place to make sure there
is absolutely no moisture left.
3 days later, she became fully dried, and is still
as green as when she was alive :)!