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Phasmid Care Sheet

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Species

PSG 1 Carausius morosus

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Foodplants This species will usually eat: Privet, Ivy, Hawthorn, Pyracantha, Bramble, Rose, Raspberry, Ligustrum, Oak, Hazel
Cage Requirements
  • Cage should be at least 24 cm tall
  • Should have at least 2 ventilated sides made from a material such as mesh.
  • Room temperature
Misting Spray cage lightly every other day with fine mist of water - just enough for the insects to have a drink and this also helps to keep the humidity up.
Reproduction We believe males exist in the wild in this species and reproduction would usually be sexual but, in captivity, only females are present and captive reproduction is via parthenogenesis, a process by which the females lay viable eggs (ova) without the need for fertilisation.
Ova This species will drop their ova (eggs) on the floor, so its best to provide paper at the bottom of the cage to help collect the ova for removal for incubation or population control.
Ova Incubation Period 2-3 months, no special care needed
Ova Success Rate 75-95%
Months to Maturity 4-5 months
Lifespan 10-11 months
Notes Very prolific species
Difficulty Rating* Very easy
Any Warnings* None
Disclaimer:

* Please note the warnings and difficulty rating are intended as an indicator only. The warnings are not an exhaustive list and other potentially dangerous behaviour may be exhibited by phasmids that is not listed here. Phasmids are wild creatures and should be treated with respect and handled with caution. Adults should always supervise children when handling phasmids.

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