unident. ABC "Nui Chua"
(by Bruno Kneubuehler)

General Informations

  • provenience: Nui Chua NP (Vietnam)
  • collected by Joachim Bresseel (Belgium) and Jérome Constant (Belgium) in June 2014
  • taxonomic evaluation by Joachim Bresseel and Jérome Constant
  • F1 CB culture by Kristien Rabaey in 2015
  • further taxonomical informations ➤ phasmida.speciesfile.org
  • this is a pure culture, and serious breeders are asked to avoid mixing this culture with similar populations from a different provenience. When spreading this culture to other breeders, then always use the full name with provenience


  • rather sturdy, medium-sized and colorful species
  • body length 11 - 13 cm
  • green and reddish-brown
  • head is blueish-green with small black warts
  • forewings are reduced to a small, whitish scale


  • slender and quite colorful
  • body length about 6 cm
  • red-brown with green legs
  • forewings are reduced to a small, whitish scale


  • freshly hatched nymphs are dark brown with many small light dots
  • on how to distinguish between male and female nymphs


  • 3 x 2 mm
  • grey-brown with a dark marbling
  • suface looks scraggly

Food Plants

  • bramble (Rubus spp.)
    well accepted by nymphs and adults
  • St. John's wort (Hypericum)
    well accepted by nymphs and adults
  • Salal (Gaultheria shallon)
    well accepted by adults (not tested with nymphs)
  • hazelnut (Corylus)
    well accepted by adults (not tested with nymphs)

Breeding, Behaviour

  • very easy to breed
  • active mainly during the night
  • especially nymphs can react very hectic when touched
  • older nymphs and adults often feign death when touched, or they try to crawl away for a short distance
  • eggs just drop to the ground
  • about 10 eggs per female and week
  • incubation time (Cup-Incubation-method on medium damp vermiculite) is about 2 - 4 months at 20 - 23 °C
  • incubation time is not yet determined, but could be rather short
  • eggs can be covered by vermiculite (about 3 mm high), which makes it easier for the nymphs to hatch without getting stuck in the eggs shell
  • eggs of this species are not prone to get mouldy
  • a humidity of about 65 - 70 % seems to be good enough for this species
  • males will be adult after 2.5 months (at 20 - 24°C), females after 4 months
  • adult males will "occupy" pre-subadult female, and then stay connected with that female for the rest of their life
  • but these females moult easily, even with the males on their back:
  • and when two males, who have already their own female, come too close to one another, then they will get quite agitated and try to fend off the other male with their legs - quite an action
  • one can spray them regularly with chlorine-free water, but allow the water to dry up before spraying again

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, too big is (usually) better 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 (loud music, commotions, light at or during the night, opening up cages in the morning [often a moulting phase] ect.)

Useful informations

detailed infos on how to breed phasmids

infos on newly cultured phasmid species

Online Culture List

PSG list

how to recognize the difference between male / female nymphs

eggs for breeding


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