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Phyllium giganteum, leaf insect psg 72
7.99

Phyllium giganteum, leaf insect psg 72

€7.99

Leaf insects of only a few cm in size. Almost indistinguishable from a leaf so  these special animals can keep themselves protected! Nymphs L2-L5 available.

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Phyllium Giganteum

Young nymphs available.

 


This species is also called a leaf insect. This species used to be known as Phyllium sp. Leaf insects are part of the Phasmida group, which also includes the stick insects. Phyllium giganteum has also received the number psg 72. Phyllium sp. occurs naturally in Malaysia.

This is the largest type of leaf insect, they are around 10 cm. Walking leaves are just more difficult to keep healthy than most stick insects. Read further in this caresheet to find out more about the care.


 

Appearance

This kind so resembles a leaf, hence the name leaf insect. They are flattened from above and below, and have lobes to the legs. In captivity there are only females. The young nymphs are born maroon, and after about 2 weeks they turn green, and after the first shed will be bright green.




Behavior

This kind of walking leaf is very quiet. They do not move much during the day. When handling they may vibrate like the wind. They also often run jerky to mimic the wind. Males can fly once they are mature, the females can not.

In the evening you can see them, however, move it and eat, because they are nocturnal animals.

Food

This species eats blackberry and oak leaves. You can keep the branches and leaves fresh longer by placing them in a cup of water. Cover the top of the cup, so that the nymphs can not fall into the water and then drown.

Young nymphs are best oak and blackberry conducted. Sometimes the little ones are too small to nibble at the edge of a leaf, therefore it's good to tear the leaves a bit.

Environmental conditions

The temperature is ideally around 20 degrees but can be 23 degrees. 

This species has the air like damp. A 4x weekly spraying depending on the ventilation of the loft is good. Ventilation is very important, make sure that the air refreshes enough so that mold does not have a chance. If you have alot of ventilation to the accommodation you have to spray with water every day. Young walking leaves should be kept very moist.

As with all kinds of walking sticks, this type needs a residence which is at least 3 times the length of the animal is high, and at least 2 times the length of the animal wide. For an adult female, this means at least 18 cm high and 12 cm wide. Bigger is always better. If held for more than a koppeltje will be 30 x 30 x 30 cm is recommended.

Other stick insects may not coincide with Phyllium philippinicus, because the stick insects can easily eat the flat edges of the leaf insect.

Reproduction

Males and females are easily distinguished. Females are larger and more robust, while males are much narrower. When they are mature, the males are very different from the females, do they have a clear long wings. The females have just wide dekvleugels. The men also have very long antennae, or 3.5 cm long, while women do not exceed 1 cm feelers.

You can safely keep the males and females together in a stay.

 

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