Phasmid Care Sheet

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PSG 4 Sipyloidea sipylus

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Foodplants This species will usually eat: Bramble, Hawthorn, Raspberry, Rose
Cage Requirements
  • Cage should be at least 26 cm tall
  • Should be partially enclosed, such as one full side of mesh and the rest non-perforated plastic or glass.
  • 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 We believe males exist in the wild in this species and reproduction would usually be sexual but, in captivity, only females are present and captive reproduction is via parthenogenesis, a process by which the females lay viable eggs (ova) without the need for fertilisation.
Ova This species will glue its ova (eggs) around the cage and onto leaves, so be extra careful when you clean the cage to check all the old foodplant for any ova stuck to it! You will also want to regularly check the cage (especially any corners or crev
Ova Incubation Period
Ova Success Rate 80-100%
Months to Maturity
Lifespan 2-4 months
Notes The species was accidentally introduced to Madagascar from South-East Asia.
Difficulty Rating* Very 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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