Agathemera claraziana (Saussure, 1868)
(by Bruno Kneubuehler)

 

  • I got eggs from wild-caught females from the area of Trelew (Argentina)
     
  • eggs are elongate-oval, about 9 mm long, dark brown, lance-shaped micropylar plate
     
  • first the eggs were kept in the fridge (at around 6°C) for 3 months, as eggs in the wild most probably hibernate. After this "hibernation period" they were incubated at room temperature (20 - 23 °C)
  • incubation time (HH-method on slightly damp sand) is about 3 months at 20 - 23°C
     
  • very robustly built, brown nymphs, about 12 mm long
     
  • the following food plants have been well accepted:
    shrubby cinquefoil (Dasiphora fruticosa)
    common silverweed (Argentina anserina)
    Acaena buchananii
  • the geus Acaena is known to be a food plant for Agathemra crassa
  • the natural food plant for A. claraziana in the area of Trelew (Argentina) is Schinus molle
  • other plants which are mentioned as food plants for Agathemera:
    Mulinum (for A. crassa), Citrus, Larrea, Rhus, Hoffmannseggia, Lecointea, Lithraea molleoides (for A. luteola)
     
  • nymphs grew very well until they were in L3, then they all died for no obvious reason
     
  • References:
    Emily DiBlasi, Solon Morse, Jason R Mayberry, Luciano J Avila, Mariana Morando, Katharina Dittmar: New Spiroplasma in parasitic Leptus mites and their Agathemera walking stick hosts from Argentina   (Journal of Invertebrate Pathology, Volume 107, Issue 3, July 2011, Pages 225–228)

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