Planudes sp. "Cachoeiras de Macacu"
(by Bruno Kneubuehler)

 

General Informations

  • provenience: Cachoeiras de Macacu (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
  • found by Philipp and Eric Watzke Engelking (Brazil)
  • taxonomic evaluation by Oskar Conle (Germany)
  • first CB culture 2015 by Philipp and Eric Watzke Engelking (Brazil)
  • first CB culture in Europe by Bruno Kneubuehler (2015)
  • further taxonomical informations ➤ phasmida.speciesfile.org
  • this is a pure culture, and serious breeders will avoid mixing it with similar cultures from a different provenience

Females

  • typical phasmids
  • body length 8 - 9 cm
  • variably colored - brown, reddish-brown, grey-brown, greenish-brown
  • short fore and hind wings
  • hind wings just slightly longer than fore wings
  • inner side of fore and hind wings red
  • antennae longer than forelegs

Males

  • slender phasmids
  • body length 6 cm
  • variably colored, different shades of brown
  • long hind wings
  • inner side of hind wings with red base
  • short forewings with a lateral hump

Nymphs

  • freshly hatched nymphs are green with reddish-brown antennae
  • about 13 mm
  • antennae with a light colored tip
  • on how to distinguish between male and female nymphs

Eggs

  • 2.5 x 2 mm
  • brown marbled
  • strongly structured, matt suface
  • capitulum only weakly developed

Food Plants

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

Breeding, Behaviour

  • active mainly during the night
  • they feign death when touched
  • eggs just drop to the ground
  • about 25 - 30 eggs per female and week
  • incubation (HH-method on slightly damp vermiculite) about 4 months at 20 - 23 °C
  • nymphs hatch during the night
  • a humidity of about 60 - 70 % seems to be good enough for this species, both for nymphs and adults
  • one can spray them regularly with chlorine-free water, but allow the water to dry up before spraying again
  • very easy to breed in my experience

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 it is (usually) better to choose a cage too big than too small
  • a ventilator often supports good breeding results, , as it seems to increase appetite and vitality
  • provide enough light, but avoid direct sunlight (overheating)
  • try to keep day temperatures below 25°C
  • a nocturnal fall of temperature is healty for the phasmids
  • 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

 

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