Phasmid Care Sheet

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PSG 13 Acrophylla wuelfingi

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Foodplants This species will usually eat: Bramble, Oak, Eucalyptus, Raspberry, Rose
Cage Requirements
  • Cage should be at least 60 cm tall
  • Should have very little ventilation, such as just a square of mesh and the rest of the cage enclosed.
  • Room temperature
Misting Spray cage lightly every 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 In this species, both males and females exist and they reproduce sexually, by mating, where the male transfers sperm to the female, which she uses to fertilise her eggs (ova).
Ova This species like to catapult or fling their ova (eggs) so you may hear some hitting the cage sides, but most will end up on the floor eventually. 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
Ova Success Rate Great hatch rate but high mortality rate in young nymphs. Nymphs become trapped in condensation.
Months to Maturity Male 4 months, female 6 months. Take care when handling males as they can fly once mature.
Lifespan Male 2-3 months females 6-8 months.
Difficulty Rating* Quite difficult
Any Warnings*

* 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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