Young nymphs from a few cm available (L2 / L3). The sex is still unknown.
This species is also known as walking leaf. Formerly known as the species Phyllium sp. Wandering leaves are block Phasmida, where the stick insects covered. Phyllium philippinicus has also received a number psg, namely PSG 278. Phyllium sp. occurs naturally in the Philippines.
This is the most well-liked type of leaf insect, because it keeps the easiest of all is walking leaves. Wandering leaves only it difficult to keep healthy than most stick insects. Read more in this caresheet to learn more about the care.
appearanceThis kind so resembles a leaf, hence the name wandering leaves. They are flattened from above and below, and have lobes to the legs. They are often colored bright green as a teenager, but very occasionally there are found brown, yellow or pinkish variants of this type.
What is striking is the large difference between males and females. The females are larger, thicker and wider than the males. When they are grown they have broad dekvleugels, but not under wings. The adult males are just narrow with long wings and among small dekvleugels. If nymph the width difference already visible between the sexes.
The female is about 6 and the guy 7 cm long.
BehaviorThis kind of walking leaf is very quiet. She does not move much during the day. When handling may or vibrate them like the wind. They also often runs 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.
FoodThis kind of eating burrs and oak leaf. 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 thus drown.
Young nymphs are best oak and blackberry are conducted. Sometimes the little ones too small to nibble at the edge of a leaf, you can at young nymphs therefore best the edges of leaves tear on cutting.
Environmental conditionsThe temperature may vary between 25 ° C and 30 ° C.
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 refreshes the air enough so that mold does not have a chance. If you have plenty of ventilation to the accommodation you have to spray with water every day.
Young walking leaves should be kept very moist, it is advisable to spray often stay and often just to clean.
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 be kept in a cage, because the stick insects can eat easily the flat edges of the leaf insect.
propagationMales 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 keep the males and females together just in a loft.