Lamponius guerini

Origin -

Food -
Blackberry, oak, rose, raspberry, Eucalyptus, ivy (Hedera sp.), firethorn (Pyracantha sp.),
Hypericum sp., very polyphagous species.

Adult length -
females about 9cm, males about 7 cm and much slimmer than the females.

Terrarium -
Different conditions are well tolerated. A single ventilation strip is sufficient. A paper towel on the bottom of the cage can be kept moist, and will suffice. Spraying is completely optional, they will drink though, but really, it is not necessary.

Experience with this species -
Very nice and easy species. The nymphs are very small in relation to the large, oval brown eggs from which they emerge. After a month or 5 the first individuals reach adulthood. The males are very persistent in their mating behaviour, they also approach females of other species if they are kept together, and won't let go if you try to remove them!! Personally, I believe that it is beneficial to separate the males from the females once in a while, so that they get a bit of rest. The eggs are numerous and start hatching after about six months. A fairly long incubation time for such a small species.

It is also remarkable that this species naturally occurs in places where many birds are present, and so are their faeces. The stain pattern must therefore keep them camouflaged in this soiled environment.

These phasmids can become very old, I have females who have been adult for more than a year and a half, and are still very fit and still lay plenty of eggs.

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