Phanocles vosseleri
(by Bruno Kneubuehler)

FamilyDiapheromeridae  Kirby, 1904
SubfamilyDiapheromerinae Kirby, 1904
TribeDiapheromerini Kirby, 1904
GenusPhanocles Stål, 1875
SpeciesPhanocles vosseleriRedtenbacher, 1908


General Notes

  • identification by Frank Hennemann and Oskar Conle
  • at first this species has been distributed as Phanocles sp. "Greenhills"
  • 2009 - first successful culture by Jan Meerman (Belize) and Bruno Kneubuehler



  • Jan Meerman (Belize) found this species in Oktober 2008 in Greenhills (Belmopan, Belize)



  • big phasmids, moderately thick, about 17 - 18 cm long
  • coloration is variable, different shades of brown with more or less green
  • some females have a white dorsal line



  • thin phasmids, about 10,5 - 11,5 cm long
  • coloration is very uniform
  • meso- and metathorax has a slight blueish dorsal coloration



  • about 3,5 x 2 mm
  • light brown with dark brown speckles
  • strongly structured surface


Food Plants

  • nymphs as well as adults feed easily on bramble (Rubus sp.)


Breeding Notes

  • an easy to breed species
  • adulte need a cage of at least 40 cm height
  • incubation of the eggs on damp (not too wet) sand, with springtails to reduce mould growth
  • incubation time at room temperatures (20-23°C) is about 4 months
  • hatching ratio of my first generation was high (more than 75%)
  • keep the nymphs in a cage with good ventilation
  • 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 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
  • adult females start to lay eggs after about 2 weeks
  • a female will lay about 50 - 60 eggs per week
  • eggs are just dropped to the ground



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