Stheneboea repudiosa
(by Bruno Kneubuehler)

FamilyPhasmatidae  Gray, 1835
SubfamilyLonchodinae Brunner v. Wattenwil, 1893
TribeLonchodini  Brunner v. Wattenwil, 1893
GenusStheneboea  Stål, 1875
SpeciesStheneboea repudiosaBrunner von Wattenwil, 1907


General Notes

  • synonyms: Prisomera repudiosa (Brock, 1995)
  • several new culture stocks have been imported over the years
  • 2008 - new stock culture distributed to other breeders



  • my culture stock has been collected by Kai Schütte (Germany) in March 2007. They were found in the Tapah Hills (Malaysia), half way up from Tapah up to Tanah Rata – on a clearing just beside the street



  • quite spiny
  • about 7 – 7,5 cm long
  • the spines on the thorax are covered with fine hairs
  • colouration is brown with some dark, almost black spots
  • feelers are almost as long as the forelegs



  • quite spiny too
  • lenghs is about 6 – 6,3 cm
  • colouration is dark brown on the upper body side, lighter brown on the sides and reddish brown spots at the leg joints
  • feelers are somewhat longer than the forelegs



  • the irrgularely shaped eggs are flat, dimensions about 5 x 2 mm
  • colour is a light greyish-brown
  • incubate them at room temperatures (18 – 25 °C) on a damp, not too wet substrate. Incubation time is about 4 – 5 months


Food Plants

  • nymphs as well as adults feed easily on bramble, nymphs grow up without problems on this plant. But they will prefer fern from the forests - if available


Breeding Notes

  • easy to breed
  • keep the nymphs as well as the adults in a airy, yet humid cage
  • nymphs grow up quite slowly. Males reach maturity in about 7 months, while females take about 8 months (at room temperatures). As it
  • is a slow growing and slow moving species, they do not eat a lot
  • females start about 4 – 5 weeks after their final moult to lay eggs. They lay about 1 egg per day and just drop them to the ground
  • mating lasts only for some hours, the males do not stay with a female for a long time



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