Sunday, 21 June 2015

Finally Phyllium tobeloense "Galela" Adults

Finally I have a nice, big group of adult P. tobeloense "Galela."

This is the first leaf insect species I have had success with so I am truly chuffed. I have had ROTTEN luck with P. giganteum in the past so this is a great success for me.

Now comes the long wait for eggs!

Peruphasma schultei "Pink Wing" Update

So my P. schultei "pink wing" have finally started laying eggs.

I have a theory that my food plant, Olea africana, might be less nutrient-rich that European food plants because my culture is very slow-growing and they dont seem to lay a lot of eggs. I am not sure if this is typical.

I initially had ova of normal and pink wing stock mixed, but none of the normals survived to adulthood, so I  would really like to try the normals in the future.

Here are a few pics.

Dares philippinensis Update

Hi Everyone

So my D. philippinensis are doing excellently. I have gotten my first few adult males and now I am simply waiting for the females to mature.

The males are probably just 40mm so a very small species. I hope to get some more small species in the future.

Here is a male

And a female

Saturday, 25 April 2015

First Adult Male Phyllium tobeloense "Galela"

So after quite a few months, I have about three or four adult male P. tobeloense "Galela" but all my females are still nymphs and sub-adult.

I just hope the males can hold on until one of the females mature.

From literature, a few of the females mature into yellow coloured adults so I really hope I have a few yellow ones!

Nice adult male

Beautiful sub-adult female

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Eurycantha calcarata Adults!

So a few weeks back a frend of mine from germany came to visit and brought a few sub-adult E. calcarata with him as a gift.

Although this is a very common species in Europe, here in Africa it is still quite rare, so I was incredibly happy to receive these!

Recently I have had a bunch of the moult to adult, so now just a matter of time before we see some eggs ;)

Nice big female

Freshly moulted male

 Male's defense mechanism! Potent!

Dares philippinensis Update

Hi All

It's been a while since my last post, so a lot of updating to do, but let's start with my little Dares.

Although none of them have reached adulthood, they are growing well and becoming more beautiful with every moult. I am quite fond of the smaller, more cryptic phasmids, instead of the larger, more popular ones, so this species is one of my favourites.

Here are a few pics:

Female in foreground, male in background


Female detail

Hope you enjoyed!

Monday, 2 March 2015

Phyllium tobeloense "Galela" Update

Here's a quick update on my Phyllium tobeloense "Galela."

These nymphs are all doing well and are surprisingly easy to care for. When seeing their "exotic" appearance one expects them to be difficult to keep, but they are very easy.

Here's a nice female

And this is the male. Note the difference in body shape; females are more rounded while males are spear-shaped.

Hope you enjoyed they pictures.