Lopaphus albopunctatus "Ba Vi"
(by Bruno Kneubuehler)

 

General Informations

  • provenience: Ba Vi NP (Vietnam)
  • collected in June / July 2015 by Joachim Bresseel (BE) and Jérome Constant (BE)
  • ID by Joachim Bresseel (BE)
  • taxonomic evaluation by Joachim Bresseel (BE)
  • F1 CB culture in 2016 by Bruno Kneubuehler (CH)
  • further taxonomical informations ➤ Phasmida Species Files
  • this is a pure culture, and serious breeders are asked to avoid mixing this culture with similar populations from a different provenience. When spreading this culture to other breeders, then always use the full name with provenience
  • this culture has the number CLP  821   (Online Phasma Culture List)

Females

  • medium-sized, colorful, delicate phasmids
  • body length 10.5 - 11.5 cm

Males

  • slender, coloful, delicate phasmids
  • body length 8 cm
  • blue thorax, which is a typical coloration for this taxon

Nymphs

  • freshly hatched nymphs are dark brown
  • coloration of these nymphs are distinctively different from nymphs of other Phyllium species
  • on how to distinguish between male and female nymphs

Eggs

  • 3 x 2 mm
  • brown, slightly glossy

Food Plants

  • bramble (Rubus spp.)
    well accepted by nymphs and adults
    but new bramble leaves (spring) are not well accepted
  • Hypericum
    well accepted by nymphs and adults
  • hazelnut (Corylus avellana)
    well accepted by nymphs and adults

Breeding, Behaviour

  • easy to breed
  • but one has to handle these very carefully, as it is a delicate species
  • they quickly loose their legs when handled unsubtlely
  • active mainly during the night
  • when startled, they often drop to the ground or dry to crawl away quickly
  • eggs just drop to the ground
  • about 10 - 15 eggs per female and week
  • incubation (Cup-Incubation-method, on medium damp vermiculite) about 6 months at 20 - 24 °C
  • eggs can be covered by 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 prone to get mouldy
  • nymphs hatch during the night
  • a humidity of about 65 - 75 % 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) and shall not be too small
  • provide a cage of about 40 x 40 x 40 (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 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, 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, and thus advantageous
  • 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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