Lobolibethra sp. "Tinga Maria"     (PSG 51)
(von Bruno Kneubühler)

FamilyDiapheromeridaeKirby, 1904
SubfamilyDiapheromerinaeKirby, 1904
TribeDiapheromeriniKirby, 1904
GenusLobolibethraHennemann & Conle, 2007
SpeciesLobolibethra sp. "Tinga Maria"(not yet identified)


General Notes

  • 2010 - this species has been importet and cultured for the first time by Bruno Kneubuehler
  • 2010 - the taxonomic position of this species is subject to current research by Oskar Conle and Frank Hennemann
  • 2012 - this is the same species as PSG 51 (Frank Hennemann, pers. comm.)



  • Lobolibethra sp. "Tinga Maria" has been collected in the area of Tinga Maria in July 2010



  • stocky insects
  • about 3.5 - 4 cm long
  • variable colouration amongst females
  • mainly combinations of different brown tones, sometimes with black spots
  • some females do have a somewhat fan-shaped protuberance on their abdomen (dorsal, in the are of the 3rd or 4th abdominal segment)
  • antennae are slightly longer than the forelegs
  • no wings



  • slim creatures
  • about 3.5 - 4 cm long
  • males are uniformly coloured
  • dark brown body
  • underside of meso- and metathorax is bluish-grey
  • antennae a bit longer than the forelegs
  • no wings


Nymphs (L1)

  • green
  • about 1 cm long
  • light-coloured antennae tips
  • antennae about the length of the forelegs



  • about 2 x 1 mm
  • roundish
  • dark brown, almost black
  • whitish microphylar plate
  • light grey area around the microphylar plate
  • very glossy (this is causing the light reflections on the eggs in the photos)


Food Plants

  • nymphs and adults do accept bramble (Rubus sp.) very well



  • they do not show a particular active defensive behaviour at any stage of their development
  • generally they just freeze and just depend upon their camouflage
  • some specimens try to crawl away from danger, just to freeze again after a short distance
  • matings can be observed frequently
  • males do not stay with the same female for a longer time period


Breeding Notes

  • a very easy to breed species
  • incubation with the HH-method (on slightly damp sand) yields a good hatching ratio
  • some moss spread over the eggs reduces mould growth and strongly facilitates successful hatching
  • incubation time at room temperatures (20 - 23°C) is about 2.5 - 3 months
  • hatching ratio was very high (75+ %)
  • keep the nymphs in a cage with good ventilation
  • take care that the humidity does not drop too low
  • a constantly wet paper towel on the floor of the cage helps raising humidity
  • nymphs and adults can be kept in a Faunabox (or similar cage)
  • move nymphs to a bigger cage as they grow bigger
  • I have never sprayed nymphs or adults with water
  • males will be adult after about 3 months (at 20 - 23°C), females after 4 months
  • females start to lay eggs after about 2 - 3 weeks
  • eggs are just dropped to the ground
  • about 10 - 12 eggs per female and week



  • Phasmida Species Files  (www.phasmida.orthoptera.org)

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