Cladomorphini sp. "Santa Cruz de la Sierra"
(by Bruno Kneubuehler)


General Informations

  • provenience: Santa Cruz de la Sierra (Bolivia, Dto. Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Barrio Urubo, Puente Urubo 91)
  • found by Carlos Calderon Villavicencio and Alejandro Borquez
  • taxonomic evaluation by Oskar Conle (Germany) and Frank Hennemann (Germany)
  • F1 CB culture in Europe by Bruno Kneubuehler (2015)
  • further taxonomical informations ➤
  • this is a pure culture, and serious breeders are asked to avoid mixing this culture with similar populations from a different provenience


  • medium-sized, long-legged, slender species
  • body length 9 - 11 cm
  • light brown to dark brown
  • inner side of forelegs orange


  • very slender, long-legged
  • body length about 6 cm
  • long antennae
  • light brown with some dark markings
  • inner side of forelegs orange


  • freshly hatched nymphs are light brown with a brown eye-band
  • about 14 mm long
  • on how to distinguish between male and female nymphs


  • 3.5 x 2 mm
  • brown, with a light brown band
  • glossy, smooth

Food Plants

  • Hypericum (Hypericum spp.)
    very well accepted by nymphs and adults

Breeding, Behaviour

  • active mainly during the night
  • they feign death when touched
  • eggs just drop to the ground
  • about 25 eggs per female and week
  • incubation (HH-method on slightly damp vermiculite) about 5 - 7 months at 20 - 23 °C
  • males will be adult after 2 months (at 20 - 24°C), females after 2.5 months
  • nymphs hatch during the night
  • a humidity of about 60 - 70 % seems to be good enough for this species
  • one can spray them regularly with chlorine-free water, but allow the water to dry up before spraying again
  • very easy to breed
  • maybe the LTD method can be applied to avoid food plant shortage in winter, but this has not been tested by me

Basics of phasmids breeding

  • keep only one species per cage, overpopulation is one of the main reasons for breeding failures
  • keep nymphs seperate from the adults, mainly to protect them during the crucial moulting phases
  • choose the cage big enough, when in doubt it is (usually) better to choose a cage too big than too small
  • a ventilator often supports good breeding results, as it seems to increase activity and feeding
  • provide enough light, but avoid direct sunlight (overheating)
  • try to keep day time temperatures below 25°C
  • a nocturnal fall of temperature is natural, and thus advantageous
  • do not spray too much, phasmids are no fish ! The water should dry up before you spray again
  • minimize disturbances (loud music, commotions, light at or during the night, opening up cages in the morning [often a moulting phase] ect.)

Useful informations

detailed infos on how to breed phasmids

infos on newly cultured phasmid species

Online Culture List

PSG list

how to recognize the difference between male / female nymphs

eggs for breeding


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