Heteropteryx dilatata , Jungle Nymph (Heteropterygini)

Origin -
Malaysia -Food: bramble, rose, raspberry, oak, beech, eucalyptus, ...

Adult length -
female about 15-16cm, males about 10 cm and closely resemble the males of the Extatosoma tiaratum.

Terrarium -
These are large and heavy animals, so provide a sufficiently spacious terrarium, with sufficient moisture and a thick layer of soil where the females can deposit their eggs.

Incubation time eggs -
1 year at least, up to 18 months or even 2 to 3 years.

Experience with this species -
The gigantic eggs are drilled into the soil layer at night. It can take more than a year for the nymphs to hatch. The eggs are best left where the female has laid them, one can also collect them but this is not recommended. You get the best result by just leaving them alone. The nymphs are already very strong and have the temperament of the parents since "birth". It takes a month or 10/12 before they become adults. Once grown up, they are very impressive and aggressive. In the event of disruption, both males and females will adopt a threatening posture with their hind legs in the air. Anything that goes between those legs will be beaten and squeezed, sometimes with bleeding wounds as a result, because their legs are full of big hooks and spines. Whatever the females do while they are threatening is stridulating with their small, peach-pink wings, which produces a hissing sound. These are very strong animals, which can become very old. Adult females are considered the heaviest insects in the world, which also (in all likelihood) lay the largest eggs. During the day, these animals hardly stand out despite their size. it is only at dusk that they become active. Personally, I do not think they eat a lot, you would expect them to eat more given their size. Males can be very persistent in their mating urge, and sometimes (as with many phasmid species) and sometimes spend several days on the female's back.

In fact, they are very easy, undemanding animals, if their basic needs are met. Keep this species very moist and spray them often, they like to drink. Even so much that they leave their resting place for it during the daytime.

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