Phasmid Care Sheet

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Species

PSG 283 Diapherodes venustula

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Foodplants This species will usually eat: Eucalyptus, Hypericum, Oak. Nymphs in particular are best raised on Hypericum.
Cage Requirements
  • Cage should be at least 21 cm tall
  • 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 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 2-4 months
Ova Success Rate moderate to high hatch rate. Nymphs have a low survival rate.
Months to Maturity Male 3-4 months,female 4-5 months .
Lifespan
Notes Collected by Ingo Fritzsche. Ova can be kept at room temperature or slightly higher. Place on paper towel with dry forest moss over top and a cup of wet vermiculite in incubator. Mist lightly once a week. Be careful with handling as once mature, males can fly.Both sexes readily drop to the ground, flail and freeze when handled.
Difficulty Rating* Medium
Any Warnings*
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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