Periphetes quezonicus
(by Bruno Kneubuehler)
 

OrderPhasmatodea
 
SuborderVerophasmatodea 
InfraorderAnareolatae 
FamilyPhasmatidaeBrunner v. Wattenwil, 1893
Subfamily
LonchodinaeBrunner v. Wattenwil, 1893
TribeLonchodiniBrunner v. Wattenwil, 1893
GenusPeriphetesStål, 1877
SpeciesPeriphetes quezonicus
Hennemann & Conle, 2007

 
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General notes

  • 2007 - the first male of this species has been bred by Hennemann & Conle
  • 2009 - Thierry Heitzmann (Philippines) found a new culture stock of this species
  • 2010 - sucessful culture of this new culture stock by Bruno Kneubuehler

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Origin

  • 2009 - Thierry Heitzmann (Philippines) found females on Mt. Palakong Simbahan (Real, Quezon Province, Philippines)

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Female

  • very nicely coloured phasmids
  • about 10 - 11 cm long
  • no wings

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Male

  • colouration is a blue-green with orange
  • about 9 cm long
  • no wings

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Nymphs (L1)

  • greenish-brown
  • antennae are longer than the fore legs

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Eggs

  • about 2,5 x 1,5 mm
  • elongate
  • red brown in colour
  • surface is not shiny

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Food Plants

  • nymphs (from L1) as well as adults feed nicely on bramble (Rubus sp.)
  • they also feed nicely on raspberry (Rubus idaeus) and oak (Quercus sp.) (info by Simona Inches, Switzerland)
  • firethorn (Pyracantha sp.) (Philippe van der Schoor, pers. comm.)

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Defensive Behaviour

  • especially the adult males and females let themselves drop to the ground very quickly when they feed disturbed (like when the cage is being opened up)
  • once dropped to the ground, they try to crawl away to find a hideout

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Breeding Notes

  • an easy to breed and beautiful species
  • incubation of the eggs with the HH-method (on dry sand) yields good hatching rations
  • hatching ratio for my first generation was more than 50%
  • incubation time at room temperatures (20 - 23°C) is about 5,5 months
  • keep the nymphs in a cage with good ventilation
  • small nymphs can escape easily through cracks in the cage - like in a Faunabox (Rainer Piller)
  • take care that the humidity does not drop too low
  • a constantly wet paper towel on the bottom of the cage helps raising humidity
  • 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 the adult moult, do not find places in the cage which would not offer them enough room beneath to moult successfully
  • male will be adult after about 2,5 months (at room temperatures), females after 3 months
  • females start to lay eggs after about 3 weeks
  • eggs are just dropped to the ground

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References

  • Phasmida Species Files  (www.phasmida.orthoptera.org)


 

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