A blue-legged curiosity

This is a species I got at the last PSG meeting in July in the form of young nymphs. It is called Marmessoidea sp “Cat Tien” from Cat Tien National Park in Vietnam. Very recently, I have had my first adult male mature; here is a picture:

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This species is rather pretty, with mature specimens displaying blue-black striped legs and a yellow ventral stripe on the underside. This species also possesses a chemical deterrent that isn’t strong as the chemical deterrents for some of my other species (such as Pseudophasma fulvum and Orthomeria kangi, on which you can expect updates in the next post) that is discharged from the underside as opposed to on the top as with my other species. The males and the females are rather similar in this species, with the difference being size.

To summarise, I have found this a very easy species to raise, with no fatalities occurring in my culture. I have found that this species does well in a less humid environment than I keep many of my other species in; I look forward to the first adult female and the first pairing from this species.

Periphetes graniferum

Many things have occurred since my last post many months ago. Today, however, I can very happily report that my Periphetes graniferum has its first adult pair; Here are some pictures:

Female:

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Male:

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I have found this species very interesting to raise and found that it has some very interesting features and behaviours.

For instance, the adult male takes on his final colours in the subadult instar, whilst in many other species that I raise where males undergo a significant colour change when reaching adulthood (such as Oreophoetes peruana, Lopaphus sp “Cuc Phuong” and Marmessoidea sp “Cat Tien” (on which I will report on in a later post)).

In addition to this, the males swing their abdomens up and down whilst walking, which I’m still trying to figure out the reason behind; the females do not display this behaviour.

In addition, adults and larger nymphs in particular will jump/ roll when disturbed very frantically, which is quite a spectacle to watch.

Due to my long hiatus rom posting, there are a lot of update to be made; I will hopefully be posting very regular updates ova the next week and the weeks following.