Micadina sp. 1 "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 2015 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 791  (Online Phasma Culture List)

Females

  • small, rather colorful and active phasmids
  • body length 7.5 cm
  • glossy green with blueish head, and yellow area on forewings
  • well developed wings

Males

  • colorful, small and very active phasmids
  • body length 6 cm
  • glossy green with blueish head, reddish legs and yellow area on forewings
  • well developed wings

Nymphs

  • freshly hatched nymphs are yellow-brown
  • about 10 mm
  • on how to distinguish between male and female nymphs

Eggs

  • 2 x 1.5 mm
  • brown with net-like pattern

Food Plants

  • oak (Quercus)
    well accepted by nymphs and adults
  • sweet chestnut (Castanea sativa)
    well accepted by nymphs and adults
  • beech (Fagus)
    well accepted by nymphs and adults
  • bramble (Rubus spp.)
    bramble with an oak coating is well accepted by hatching nymphs (offered together with apple slices). After a short time they will also accept bramble without coating

Breeding, Behaviour

  • easy to breed
  • very active species, often also during the day
  • due to its tendency to be active, this species needs a big cage
  • provide a cage of about 40 x 40 x 60 (cm, L x B x H) for 3 - 4 adult couples
  • they can behave very frantic when startled
  • a defensive spray has been observed
  • eggs just drop to the ground
  • at least 40 - 50 eggs eggs per female and week
  • incubation (Cup-Incubation-method, on medium damp vermiculite) about 5 weeks to 3 months at 20 - 24 °C
  • on the incubation time
    • first generation (eggs collected from wild-caught females) hatched after only 5 weeks
    • 2nd gen eggs hatched after 3 months
    • 2nd gen eggs which have been kept in the fridge (LTD-method) hatched after only 5 weeks
  • 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
  • nymphs hatch in the early morning, before dawn
  • 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
  • males and females will be adult after 2 months (at 20 - 24°C)
  • incubation time can be extended with the LTD-Method (up to at least 3.5 months), as some of their food plants are not easily available during european winter time.

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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