New or rarely cultured Phasmid species


first shipment is planned for the first week of March, as weather reports are promising that temperatures will be OK by then

More species will be added to the list below as they become available. So stay tuned and check back here from time to time. Or subscribe to my Mailing List

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Bruno Kneubuehler   (Switzerland, Email)

 

 News
  • 30. 01. 2017 - newly available
    Phryganistria grandis "Cham Chu" - eggs of very big parents (♀ 32 cm, ♂ 25 cm)
    Phyllium jacobsoni "Halimun"
    Phyllium giganteum "Tapah"
    Phyllium westwoodii "Tha Pla Duk"
    Pylaemenes sepilokensis sepilokensis "Sepilok"
     
 Price List ➤ click species name for detailed care sheet with many more photos
 ➤ difficulty:  1 = very easy ....  5 = very difficult
 ➤ cultures offered here are pure and of known origin (unless otherwise stated)
Phryganistria grandis "Cham Chu"

· origin: Vietnam  (F1)
· very big, rather colorful males
· eggs of very big parents (♀ 32 cm, ♂ 25 cm)
· food plant: bramble
· difficulty: 2    (very big cage is needed)
price: 30 eggs = 19 € 
(temporarily sold out)

Phyllium giganteum "Tapah Hills"

· origin: Peninsular Malaysia
· parthenogenetic F3 culture
· ♀ ≈ 10 - 12 cm
· food plant: bramble
· difficulty: 2
price: 20 eggs = 16 €  (temporarily sold out)

Phyllium jacobsoni "Halimun"

· origin: Java  (F4)
· rather small species
· ♀ ≈ 7 cm, ♂ ≈ 5 cm
· food plant: bramble
· difficulty: 1
price: 30 eggs = 13 €

Phyllium westwoodii "Tha Pla Duk"

· origin: Tha Pla Duk, Thailand
· F3 culture
· ♀ ≈ 9 cm, ♂ ≈ 7 cm
· food plant: bramble
· difficulty: 2
price: 30 eggs = 16 €

Pylamenenes sepilokensis sepilokensis "Sepilok"

· origin: Borneo  (F3)
· small, bark-like, slow-moving
· ♀ ≈ 4.5 cm, ♂ 4.5 cm
· food plant: different common Araceae
· difficulty: 1
price: 30 eggs = 20 €  (temporarily sold out)

 

 

 Ordering Infos       (Bruno Kneubuehler)

  ›  send me your order via email (gopala@bluewin.ch) or Facebook
  ›  shipping costs:  non-registered =  free (recommended),  registered = 10 €
  ›  payment:  Paypal (preferred) or banc transfer
  ›  important, do NOT send your payment before you have received your order confirmation from me
  ›  with your payment you accept my Terms and Conditions
  ›  shipping day is once per week (usually Thuesday or Wednesday)
  ›  orders payed by no later than Sunday will be shipped out the following week

 

Frequently Asked Questions


What happens to any profit ?

Profit is used to support research trips by fellow entomologists and to bring new species in culture

Exchange
Exchange is possible, against species which are of interest to me

How many eggs are needed to start a culture ?
I recommend to start a new culture with at least 30 eggs for a sexual culture or 20 eggs for a parthenogenetic culture

When will it be too cold (winter) or too hot (summer) for shipping eggs ?
I am receiving eggs all year round, summer and winter ...  The LTD-Method shows that phasmid eggs are resilient against rather low temperatures. Moreover the postal shipment process is mainly an "indoor" process. Thus I regard shipping eggs as safe, when night temperatures are ± 0°C. Nevertheless it's very important that the recipient makes proper arrangements so that the eggs won't be exposed to very low (or high) temperatures upon delivery at home. A weather exposed letter box is risky, during winter and summer !

Will your shipments have a special cold-proof protection during winter ?
My shipments do not have a specific protection against cold. It is the recipient's decision whether or not to accept the risk of shipping eggs during winter - or summer

What is the delivery time for your shipments within Europe ?
Usually it takes 3 - 7 days within Europe. Yet in rare cases it can take up to two weeks, for unknown reasons. Nevertheless this should not be a problem for the eggs

Will you offer the species on your list again next year ?
Most species won't be on offer again next year

Why are you so f***ing expensive?
If a new culture from a reliable breeder is not worth a fair price to you, then you'd better spend your money for something else 

Why do we keep cultures pure according to their provenience ?
Life on our planet is amazingly diverse. And recent scientific discoveries suggest that biodiversity has been underestimated... Experienced naturalists are not surprised that there are more or less apparent differences (morphology, genetics, biology, behaviour) between geographically well seperated phasmid populations. But whether or not these differences finally qualify for different populations to be recognized as the same or different species, that is up to debate. A debate which is mainly influenced by the taxonomist's personal gusto, as there is no absolute species concept. Each species concept is merely an artificial attempt to read nature's mind - with our incomplete and biased human understanding

Breeders can honor nature's astounding diversity by keeping phasmid cultures pure according to their provenience (geographical origin). And who knows what future in-depth studies will bring to the light of taxonomic knowledge, with regard to cryptic species, sibling species and the ever changing and challenging understanding "what on earth is a species anyway ?"

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Bruno Kneubuehler