Post by salt on Aug 23, 2015 21:35:23 GMT
I haven't been keeping phasmids (stick insects) for too long, so my collection is pretty small. I currently have:
Lopaphus sp Cuc Phuong
This is a beautiful jet-black species which possesses tiny red wings, however it is unable to fly. This species is restricted to a tiny region called Cordillera del Condor in Peru. This is a small species that reproduces sexually and grows to about 6/7cm (males are smaller than females).
This is a beautiful fern-eating species that grows to around 7cm and originates from Peru. The females have the same colouration as the nymphs (pictured below) however males will become fully red except for antennae and legs.
This is a lovely all-female species originating from Madagascar and growing to a size of 11cm. When adult, they have lovely pink wings along with a very light pink/grey body colour. Received week-old ova less than two months ago, with the species taking a short time to hatch. one thing to keep in mind is that the ova of this species is very fragile, so if keeping them be careful. The stick insects lay the ova by sticking them onto the food plant, however a damp pile of cotton can be placed on the bottom of the enclosure so that most of the eggs are laid there (from what I have heard). Anyways, here are some pictures: