Phasmid Care Sheet

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PSG 18 Heteropteryx dilatata

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Foodplants This species will usually eat: Bramble, Hawthorn, Ivy, Oak, Rose
Cage Requirements
  • Cage should be at least 27 cm tall
  • Should have very little ventilation, such as just a square of mesh and the rest of the cage enclosed.
  • Slightly above 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 likes to bury their ova (eggs) and so you'll need to provide some small pots of substrate for them to lay into. Suitable substrates might be dry sand or vermiculite.
Ova Incubation Period 12 months
Ova Success Rate 40-60%
Months to Maturity 12 months
Lifespan 12 months
Notes Keep ova buried in soil kept slightly damp and sprayed every few days to prevent drying out. Room temp is fine and some dried moss on the surface can help the nymphs emerge properly.Allow plenty of free space for moulting.
Difficulty Rating* Medium
Any Warnings* Sharp spines

* 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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