Phyllium caudatum "Oiwa"
(by Bruno Kneubuehler)
 

  • please read my notes on successfully breeding Phyllium
  • this culture originates from the area of Oiwa, a village about 100 km to the west of Bulolo (Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea)
  • incubation about 6 - 7 months, some nymphs can hatch even months after the first nymphs
  • food plants:
    • I have kept mine on Salal (Gaultheria shallon)
    • most probably bramble (Rubus spp.), hazelnut (Corylus avellana) or beech (Fagus spp) is accepted too
    • the collector fed them on Guava (Psidium guajava)
    • their natural food plant is not known
  • I have kept nymphs from L1 to about L4 in an airy netting cage (Free-Standing-Setup) at around 60 - 65% rH
  • older nymphs and adults (especially males) are better kept at a higher humidity of about 75%
  • spray regularly but let water dry up before you spray again
  • females about 8 cm, males about 6.5 cm
  • this species is prone to "cannibalism", more on this here 
  • males are rather delicate and they loose legs easily, so one should handle them very carefully
  • overall this Phyllium species is rather easy to keep

 

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