South side of Australia
Males 8-9cm, females 13-17cm
Life span -
Around 12 months
3mm black shiny, time 3-5 months, hatch rate high
a mottled light to dark brown, males sometimes green, black and white checked wings.
Food plants -
Eggs hatching -
These will not hatch when dry and tend to wait for humidity, so keeping on damp sand works well. At 25c they won’t take long to hatch.
A mesh cage is best for these. With kitchen roll on the bottom. But a damp bottom is always needed. start with a medium sized cage and spray once in the evenings. They settle down very quickly and start to feed. They are a fast growing species and will be adult in within 6 months, males even quicker. Do not overcrowd them as they will knock off molting ones. I find them an active species, that moves around a lot. They also eat a huge amount of food. After a couple of moults move them to a large cage, and keep nymphs separate from adults.
Males can pester the females before they are adult. So may need separating until the females turn adult. They flick the eggs around the cage. I find it’s best to collect them. they are a shiny black colour and about 3mm long.