A New Species

A while ago I reported the arrival of three new species. Now I am very happy to report that one of the ova from one of my new species, Periphetes graniferum “Samar”, has hatched.

Here are a few pictures of the nymph:

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From my research prior to obtaining this species, I came across a startling piece of information: around 50% of the nymphs will not accept bramble as a food plant and will therefore perish. So I decided to adapt a trick that I used to get some of my Lopaphus sp”Cuc Phuong” eating, where I placed a small slice of apple that they will readily consume to encourage them to begin eating and to give them nutrients that would prolong the amount of time they can survive without a proper food plant (apple does not provide the whole nutrition required for survival.

This time, I decide to ‘blend’ together bramble and apple, which is more nutiritous than just apple. The nymph has eaten some of this and I have noticed droppings, indicating that the nymph is now eating. The colouration of the nymph seems to have taken a more green tone and I think I can see evidence on the bramble leaf in the enclosure that the nymph is eating. I shall wait for more nymphs to hatch and see how they take o this method, hopefully none or very few dying from refusal to eat.

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The Flying Horde

Since my last post about the Pseudophasma fulrum nymphs, many of the nymph have undergone ecydesis (moulting) and are now well into the second instar, with some now not being far off the third instar. I estimate that there are around 20 or so nymphs present now after quite a few more hatches since the last post.

Here are a few pictures of the nymphs, with a nymph in the second instar on the left and a nymph on the right in the first instar.

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All of these nymphs are doing very well with no un-successful moults or issues. I suspect that I’ll have more hatching over the coming weeks, so most of these nymphs will probably be taken with me to the Phasmid Study Group meeting on the 9th of July to distribute to other members; I will write an extended blog post covering the meeting after the meeting.