Phasmid Care Sheet

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Species

PSG 370 Melophasma antillarum Guadeloupe

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Foodplants This species will usually eat: Bramble, Beech, Raspberry, Hypericum, Guava, Gaultheria
Cage Requirements
  • Cage should be at least 24 cm tall
  • Should have most or all sides ventilated, made from a material such as mesh.
  • Room temperature
Misting This species prefers not to be misted with water.
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 6 months
Ova Success Rate 60-80%
Months to Maturity 6 months
Lifespan Males: 5 months, females: 8 months.
Notes Incubate ova on vermiculite at room temperature with around 70% humidity. The nymphs are real escape artists and can squeeze through very small gaps. Therefore ensure the container for the foodplant is sealed to keep nymphs from drowning.
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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