The Phasmatodea Collection at Landcare Research is part of the New Zealand Arthropod Collection and contains approximately 2000 specimens. Many of these specimens are preserved in 100% ethanol and stored at low temperature to enable molecular genetic studies as well as morphological analysis. Many older specimens are stored in 70% ethanol or pinned. The collection also includes eggs, which are very useful in stick insect taxonomy. The stick insect collection is currently being databased and these data will be fully web accessible when completed.
We have also established breeding cultures of some New Zealand stick insect species in order to study their natural history, development and perform breeding experiments.