Pseudophasma quitense
(by Bruno Kneubuehler)
 

OrderPhasmatodea
 
SuborderVerophasmatodea 
InfraorderAreolatae 
SuperfamilyPseudophasmatodiea Rehn, 1904
FamilyPseudophasmatidaeRehn, 1904
SubfamilyPseudophasmatinaeRehn, 1904
TribePseudophasmatiniKirby, 1904
GenusPseudophasmaKirby, 1896
SpeciesPseudophasma quitenseSaussure, 1868

 
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General Notes

  • 2008 - first successful culture of this species in Europe by Bruno Kneubühler

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Origin

  • in November 2007 Horst Kaech (Ecuador) collected this species at Rio Topo (Tunguragua, Ecuador). The habitat was the river Rio Topo - at an altitude of about 1600 m and close to the town Baños (Tungurahua)

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Female

  • about 5,8 cm
  • they are good flyers !

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Male

  • about 4,3 cm
  • they are very good flyers  - so watch your open windows when changing their food plants

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Eggs

  • grey or brown
  • strongly granulated

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Food Plants

  • nymphs as well as adults feed nicely on ivy (Hedera helix)

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Breeding Notes

  • an easy to breed species
  • 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 about 80%
  • keep the nymphs in a cage with good ventilation and still high humidity
  • nymphs and adults can be kept in a Faunabox (or similar cage)
  • a constantly wet paper towel on the cage helps raising humidity
  • I have never sprayed nymphs or adults with water
  • male will be adult after about 3 months, females after about 4 months
  • females start to lay eggs after about 2 weeks
  • eggs are just dropped to the ground

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References

  • Phasmida Species Files  (www.phasmida.orthoptera.org)
     

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