Myronides sp. "Peleng"
(by Bruno Kneubuehler)

OrderPhasmatodea
 
SuborderVerophasmatodea 
InfraorderAnareolatae 
FamilyPhasmatideaGray, 1835
SubfamilyLonchodinae Brunner v. Wattenwyl, 1893
TribeLonchodiniBrunner v. Wattenwyl, 1893
GenusMyronides
Stål, 1875
SpeciesMyronides sp. "Peleng"(not yet identified)


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General Notes

  • 2006 - first successful culture by Daniel Dupont (France)
  • identification to the genus level by Frank Hennemann (Germany)

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Origin

  • collected by Daniel Dupont (France) on the island of Peleng (Sulawesi) in 2006

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Females

  • about 9,5 to 10,5 cm long
  • typical stick insects
  • they sport a very beautiful coloration - a mixture of blue-green-yellow

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Males

  • about 8 cm long
  • male nymphs have the same interesting coloration (blue-green-yellow) as the females
  • male nymphs can easily be distinguished from the female nymphs at the L3 stage
  • at this stage, male nymphs already have a small "bump" on the ventral abdominal ending (which will eventually become the poculum)

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Nymphs (L1)

  • green body
  • white antennae tips
  • in colouration and appearance they are a quite similar to nymphs of Periphetes forcipatus

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Eggs

  • elongate-oval
  • about 2 x 1,5 mm
  • light brown or grey-brown - with washy darker spots
  • surface is lightly granulated and not shiny

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Food Plants

  • nymphs (from L1) and adults easily feed on bramble (Rubus sp.)

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Defensive Behaviour

  • a rather lethargic species
  • when being touched, then usually they just freeze
  • and somtimes the try to crawl out of the grip

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Breeding Notes

  • a very easy to keep and beautiful species
  • incubation with the HH-method (on very slightly damp sand) yielded a good hatching ration of 50+ %
  • springtails can be added to the incubation box - to reduce mould growth a bit
  • incubation time at room temperatures (20 - 23°C) is about 3 - 4 months
  • keep the nymphs in a cage with high humidity level (80% or even higher)
  • if humidity dropes too low (below 65%) then mismoults could be observed
  • therefore do not choose the air ventilation areas too big
  • a constantly wet paper towel on the floor of the cage helps raising humidity high enough
  • for adults a lower humidity level is also OK
  • 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
  • make shure that nymphs, which are about to undergo their adult moult, do not find places in the cage which would not offer them enough space beneath to moult successfully
  • this is a slow-moving species which does not feed a lot
  • it is also a slow growing species - males will be adult after about 4,5 - 5 months (at 20 - 23°C), females after 5 - 6 months
  • they can be observed regularely moving about the cage during the day - but slowly, slowly.....
  • females start to lay eggs after about 3 - 4 weeks
  • they lay about 15 eggs per week
  • eggs are just dropped to the ground

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References

  • Phasmida Species Files  (www.phasmida.orthoptera.org)
  • Arthropodia Blog (www.arthropodia.blogspot.com)

 

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