Micadina sp. "Cuc Phuong" (Necrosciini)

Origin -
National park Cuc Phuong in Vietnam, near the border with Laos and adjacent to the coast of the South China sea. Food: Oak (all species) and Sweet chestnut (Castanea sativa). Bramble is a last option, which should only serve as emergency food, in the long term this is not a suitable foodplant.

Adult length -
Female is about 7.5 cm, male a modest 6 cm.

Terrarium -
They do well under different conditions. A good relative humidity is recommended to prevent problematic molts. Exuvia's are seldom eaten.

Incubation time eggs: very different per egg, the first eggs hatch after about 4 months, but this species has an extended incubation, and still after 6 or more months there are still possible hatchings.

Experience with this species -
Particularly beautiful species. The nymphs are so small that you hardly see them sitting on the mesh of the incubation boxes. Handle very carefully. in addition to being extremely small, they react hysterically when disturbed. Nymps and adults really try anything to escape: jumping, wringing, drop themselves, run away... they are extremely fast and adults can also fly. This can be very annoying when changing the foodplants. Furthermore, it is nice to observe them, Micadina sp. "Cuc Phuong is quite a diurnal species, so you do not have to wait until it is dark to see them in action. They eat a lot for such a small phasmid, even the tiny nymphs. Foodplants must always be fresh. They are already grown up in three to four months.

Motling usually goes smoothly and it seems that this always happens in the middle of the night (not much observed) Nymphs have a remarkably large head, with firm jaws the to chew large amounts of food. From the 4th stage, the difference between males and females is clearly visible. In the penultimate stage (Sub-adult), the future wings can clearly be seen in both males and females. Once grown up, they show their beautiful colours, with a very prominent metallic shine over their entire body. The males are gorgeous, with their emerald green colour, which leads to their abdomen in a gold-yellow glow, blue accents and bright orange or even copper-coloured legs. Females are somewhat more inconspicuous, but certainly not less beautiful. Incidentally, they have, just like the males, a beautiful sheen over their entire emerald green body. Once fertilized, their abdomen swells up firmly, and then they start laying hundreds of tiny, completely round, brown to beige eggs. Start a culture of this species with enough eggs, hatching rate is usually more than 50%.

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