Phyllium sp. "Bukit Daun, blue coxae"
(by Bruno Kneubuehler)
 

  • please read my notes on successfully breeding Phyllium
  • this culture originates from the Bukit Daun volcano on Sumatra (near Bengkulu)
  • it belongs to the Phyllium hausleithneri species group. Currently Royce Cummings (USA) examines DNA to determine whether this population is conspecific or different from Phyllium hausleithneri from Peninsular Malaysia
  • incubation about 4 - 5 months, but 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 well 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 7 cm, males about 5.5 cm
  • this species is very prone to "cannibalism", more on this here 
  • overall this Phyllium species is rather easy to keep

 

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