Ramulus sp. "Kirirom, yellow eyes"
(by Bruno Kneubuehler)

 

General Informations

  • provenience: Kirirom NP (Cambodia)
  • collected by Jérome Constant (Belgium) in late April 2015
  • taxonomic evaluation by Joachim Bresseel (Belgium) and Jerome Constant (Belgium)
  • F1 CB culture in Europe by Bruno Kneubuehler (2015)
  • further taxonomical informations ➤ phasmida.speciesfile.org
  • this is a pure culture, and serious breeders are asked to avoid mixing it with similar populations from a different provenience

Females

  • slender, medium-sized
  • body length 9.5 - 11 cm
  • 2 small, forward-pointing spines on the head
  • light yellow eyes
  • brown, green-brown and greenish females
  • short antennae

Males

  • very slender
  • body length 6.5 - 7 cm
  • short antennae
  • brown, with blueish lateral stripe (lateral, thorax area)
  • yellow eyes
     

Nymphs

  • freshly hatched nymphs are brown with greenish legs
  • on how to distinguish between male and female nymphs

Eggs

  • 3 x 1.5 mm
  • brown

Food Plants

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

Breeding, Behaviour

  • active mainly during the night
  • they feign death when touched, or try to actively escape
  • eggs just drop to the ground
  • about 15 - 20 eggs per female and week
  • incubation (HH-method on slightly damp vermiculite) about 3 months at 20 - 23 °C
  • nymphs hatch during the night
  • a humidity of about 60 - 70 % RH seems to be good enough for this species
  • one can spray them regularly with chlorine-free water, but allow the water to dry up before spraying again
  • very easy to breed

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 activity and feeding
  • provide enough light, but avoid direct sunlight (overheating)
  • try to keep day time temperatures below 25°C
  • a nocturnal fall of temperature is natural, and thus advantageous
  • do not spray too much, phasmids are no fish ! The water should dry up before you spray again
  • minimize disturbances - like loud music, commotions, light during the night, opening up cages in the early morning (main moulting phase for many species)

Useful informations

detailed infos on how to breed phasmids
www.phasmatodea.com/web/guest/199

infos on newly cultured phasmid species
https://www.facebook.com/phasmatodea

Online Culture List
www.ulft-ict.nl/phasma/kweeklijst/

PSG list
www.phasmatodea.com/web/guest/psg

how to recognize the difference between male / female nymphs
www.phasmatodea.com/web/guest/tips-and-tricks

eggs for breeding
http://www.phasmatodea.com/web/guest/222

 

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