Phasmid Care Sheet

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PSG 336 Lopaphus sp.

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Foodplants This species will usually eat: Bramble, Pyracantha
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 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 4-5 months
Ova Success Rate
Months to Maturity Males 3.5 months, females 4 months start laying a few weeks after.
Lifespan Once mature the males live 2-3 months and the females for 4 months.
Difficulty Rating* Easy
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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