Achrioptera fallax

Origin -
north Madagascar

Size -
Males 13-14 cm thin, females, 20-23 cm and wider.

Life span -
Males around 12 months. Females around 18months

Egg incubation -
Around 5 months at 25c. I recommend using a light cycle of 12 hours on, 12 hours off.
Hatching ratio is around 50-60%

Temperature -
25-27c

Humidity -
low-medium

Food plants -
Bramble, salal, oak, eucalyptus.

Colour -
Males once adult after a few days will turn a stunning blue colour with orange patches on the legs and red wings. Females are a more pain color of light brown with a few light blue patches on legs.

Eggs/hatching -
I find the best way to hatch eggs of this species to lay them on top of bird sand/ play sand, in a cricket tub. place the sand so it’s about 1cm deep then cover the sand with a piece of mesh. Lay the eggs on top of the mesh. This will stop any eggs being lost in the sand.

Do not spray the eggs, but gently pour water down both ends of the tub so the sands soak it up, making sure that just under the top of sand is damp but not the top, place lid on. Once you can see the sand has dried out to about halfway, repeat this process.

Keeping -
When they hatch they run about a bit, I find a small fish tank with mesh on the front works best. I find if you keep them warm at 25-27c they settle down better and start feeding. I find bramble better than eucalyptus. I spray lightly once a day in the evening on the bottom of tank to make tissue slightly damp. Try to make sure there are no small gaps or things they can hide under as they will find them and die. Once they have moulted a few times I move to a bigger tank around 4ft long that I stand on end and make a mesh door for the front. They become adult at 5 months for males around 6-7 for females. Try not to touch the legs when picking them up as they will drop them off, they also full to the floor and wiggle about in defense. When adult they will use their wings to make a noise as a defensive action.

Breeding -
This happens naturally but if males are adult before the females I recommend moving them to another tank as they pester the females. It can take a while before the females start laying eggs some up to 2 months. They just drop them to the floor one female can lay around 50 - 60 eggs a week.

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