Phaenopharos sp. "Kirirom"
(by Bruno Kneubuehler)


General Informations

  • provenience: Kirirom NP (Cambodia)
  • collected in April / May 2015 by Jérome Constant (Belgium)
  • taxonomic evaluation by Jérome Constant (Belgium)
  • F1 CB culture by Bruno Kneubuehler (2016)
  • further taxonomical informations ➤
  • 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


  • slender, medium-sized species
  • body length 12 cm
  • light brown
  • few small warts dorsally on the prothorax
  • a dark dot right in front of the midleg joint
  • the membranous part of the hind wings is bright red


  • slender, long-legged
  • body length 9 cm
  • brown with green leggs
  • yellow eyes
  • a dark dot right in front of the midleg joint
  • the membranous part of the hind wings is bright red


  • freshly hatched nymphs are dark brown mottled, 19 mm long
  • on how to distinguish between male and female nymphs


  • 4.5 x 3 mm
  • dark, almost black
  • suface slightly glossy

Food Plants

  • bramble (Rubus spp.)
    well accepted by nymphs and adults

Breeding, Behaviour

  • easy to breed
  • active mainly during the night
  • they feign death when touched
  • eggs just drop to the ground
  • about 10 - 15 eggs per female and week
  • incubation (Cup-Incubation-method on medium damp vermiculite) about 7 months at 20 - 23 °C
  • eggs can be covered by vermiculite (about 3 mm high), which makes it easier for the nymphs to hatch without getting stuck in the eggs shell
  • eggs of this species are not prone to get mouldy
  • nymphs hatch during the night
  • a humidity of about 65 - 70 % 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 will be adult after 3 months (at 20 - 24°C), females after 3.5 months

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 ! The water should 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

infos on newly cultured phasmid species

Online Culture List

PSG list

how to recognize the difference between male / female nymphs

eggs for breeding


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