Metriophasma diocles "Chagres"
(by Bruno Kneubuehler)

 

a detailed care sheet will follow later on...

  • from Chagres NP, Panama
  • very easy to breed, if the food plants are available
  • food plants
    • Epipremnum
      very well accepted by nymphs and adults
    • most probably other Araceae are also accepted
  • female ≈ 10 cm, males ≈ 8 cm
  • males and females look very similar, just different in size
  • both sexes open up their wings as a defense response when they feel threatened
  • in both sexes, a blue-black spot is visible when they open up their wings during the defense response
  • nymphs and adults like to hide out on thicker twigs, which should be included in the cage
  • eggs are glued, but can easily be removed
  • eggs can be reglued for incubation (GET method), though it is not absolutely necessary
  • incubation (Cup-Incubation-method) about 2.5 - 3 months at 20 - 24 °C
  • nymphs grow up very well in a cage with a moderate humidity
  • their cage can be sprayed with (chlorine-free) water 2 - 3 times a week, make shure that the water dries up before you spray again

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