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Most captive Indian stick insects can and do reproduce in the absence of a male (parthenogenetic reproduction). The insect (female) will lay hundreds of tiny (0.08 inch or 2 mm) eggs over her life. These are smooth and round and must be separated form the feces at the bottom of the cage.
Populations of stick insects which still live in the wild in India where the males are much more common breed in a conventional fashion. Here the mail fertilities the eggs and they and while the females can reproduce parthenogeneticaly, there are probably good genetic reasons for this since without normal sexual reproduction the species would be expected to lose genetic diversity over time and therefore be unable to adapt and evolve.
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