Hesperophasma sp. "Véron"
(by Bruno Kneubuehler)

 

General Informations

  • provenience: Verón, about 7km west of Punta Cana Internat. Airport, La Altagracia Prov., Dominican Republic
  • location in Véron: about 300m south of Hotel Yonu/El Verón Road Hoyo Azul
  • collected in July 2013 by Matthias Helb (DE)
  • ID and taxonomic evaluation by Oskar Conle (DE)
  • F1 CB culture in 2014 by Matthias Helb (DE)
  • further taxonomical informations ➤ Phasmida Species Files
  • this is a pure culture, and all serious breeders are kindly requested to avoid mixing this culture with similar populations from a different provenience / location. When spreading this culture to other breeders, then always use the full name with provenience
  • this culture has no CLP for the moment  (Online Phasma Culture List)

Females

  • small, stury, often with warts
  • body length ≈ 6 - 7 cm
  • females coloration is highly variable across individuals

Males

  • slender, with spines
  • body length ≈ 5 - 6 cm

Nymphs

  • newly hatched nymphs are dark brown
  • on how to distinguish between male and female nymphs

Eggs

  • ≈ 3.5 x 2 mm
  • dark brown

Food Plants

  • bramble (Rubus spp.)
    well accepted by nymphs and adults
  • hazelnut (Corylus avellana)
    well accepted by adults, not tested with nymphs
  • beech (Fagus sylvatica)
    well accepted by adults, not tested with nymphs
  • other possible food plants (not tested though):
    Salal (Gaultheria shallon)
    oak (Quercus spp.)

Breeding, Behaviour

  • very easy to breed
  • active mainly during the night
  • they feign death when touched
  • a defensive spray has not been observed
  • females fling the eggs away with a swift swing of their abdomen
  • eggs just drop to the ground
  • about 5 - 8 eggs per female and week
  • incubation (Cup-Incubation-method, on medium damp vermiculite) about 4 months at 20 - 24 °C
  • general note - it is quite common that, from the very same batch of eggs, some nymphs will hatch weeks or even months after the first nymphs
  • eggs can be covered with vermiculite (about 5 mm high), which makes it easier for the nymphs to hatch without getting stuck in the eggs shell
  • eggs of this species are not particularly prone to get mouldy
  • nymphs hatch during the night
  • a humidity of about 65 - 75 % rH seems to be good enough for nymphs and adults
  • one can spray them regularly with chlorine-free water, but allow the water to dry up before spraying again
  • small nymphs can be kept in a Faunabox (or a similar cage), which shall not be too small
  • provide a cage of about 30 x 30 x 30 (cm, L x B x H) for 3 adult couples
  • males will be adult after 4 months (at 20 - 24°C), females after 4 - 5 months

Basics of phasmid 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, too big is (usually) better 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 (down to around 20°C)
  • do not spray too much, phasmids are no fish ! Allow the water to 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
www.phasmatodea.com/web/guest/199

infos on newly cultured phasmid species
https://www.facebook.com/phasmatodea

how to recognize the difference between male / female nymphs
www.phasmatodea.com/web/guest/tips-and-tricks

eggs for breeding
http://www.phasmatodea.com/web/guest/222

 

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