Paragongylopus sp. "Hoang Lien"
(by Bruno Kneubuehler)


General Informations

  • provenience: Hong Lien NP (Vietnam)
  • collected 2013 by Joachim Bresseel (Belgium) and Jérome Constant (Belgium)
  • taxonomic evaluation by Joachim Bresseel (Belgium)
  • F1 CB culture by Bruno Kneubuehler (2013 / 2014)
  • further taxonomical informations ➤
  • this is a pure culture, and serious breeders will avoid mixing it with cultures of a different provenience


  • small species
  • body length 4.5 cm
  • reddish-brown, brown or almost black specimens
  • very short antennae, with few segments only
  • coxae and ventral thorax reddish
  • many small lobes on the legs
  • a warty growth at the dorsal hind ridge of the 5th abdominal segment
  • very short subgenital plate
  • whole body is hairy


  • body length 3.5 cm
  • dark brown
  • legs often darker colored
  • coxae and ventral thorax reddish
  • very short, oddly shapedantennae
  • two short spines on the head
  • few, small lobes on the leg


  • small, about 10 mm
  • green
  • legs dark ringed
  • on how to easily distinguish between male and female nymphs


  • 6 x 1 mm
  • light and dark brown mottled
  • matt

Food Plants

  • strawberry leaves (Fragaria spp.) and / or cinquefoils (Potentilla spp.)
    verywell accepted by freshly hatched nymphs
  • bramble (Rubus spp.)
    well accepted by older nymphs and adults
  • cherry laurel (Prunus laurocerasus)
    well accepted by older nymphs and adults. Fresh leaves are better accepted than old leaves
  • dead nettles (Lamium spp.)
    well accepted by older nymphs and adults

Breeding, Behaviour

  • active mainly during the night
  • a slow and slow-growing species, which is eating just a little bit
  • they feign death when touched
  • eggs are glued to different substrates (including their food plant) usually above ground
  • about 2 - 3 eggs per female and week
  • incubation (on slightly damp vermiculite) about 2 - 3 months at 20 - 23 °C
  • it is easy to extend the incubation time with the LTD-Method, as their food plants are not easily available during european winter time
  • nymphs hatch during the night
  • a higher humidity is essential for this species, about 70 - 80 % (or higher) seems to be good enough
  • one can spray them regularly with chlorine-free water, but the water should dry up again
  • easy to breed in my experience

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
  • choose the cage big enough, when in doubt it is (usually) better to choose a bigger cage than a too small one
  • a ventilator often supports good breeding results
  • provide enough light, but avoid direct sunlight (overheating)
  • try to keep temperatures below 25°C
  • a nocturnal fall of temperature is healty for the phasmids
  • do not spray too much, phasmids are no fish ! The spray should dry up before you spray again
  • minimize disturbances (loud music, commotions, light at or during the night, ect.) minimal

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