Phyllium Philippinicum

Origin -
Luzon, Philippines

Food -
Bramble, oak, raspberry, rose, salal (gaultheria shallon)

Adult length -
Females 7 to 8 cm, males 6 cm. Both sexes are winged, but only males can fly.

Terrarium -
needs to be well ventilated, two opposing ventilation strips work best. Keep the paper towel on the bottom of the cage moist at all times.

Incubation time eggs -
3 to 4 months at room temperature. Regularly spray them with water.

Experience with this species -
This is the easiest leaf insect to breed. Almost all the eggs will hatch, survival rate of nymphs is nearly 90 %, and they are not too fussy eaters. With the appropriate care, they will grow into adults after 4 months more or less. Phyllium are treetop dwellers. Therefore, it is most important to provide them with lots and lots of light, either by placing their enclosure in a very sunny spot by a window (careful, glass tanks heat up fast in full sun !!), or by offering them a LED or even TL fluorescent tube (daylight spectrum).
Nymphs do well in groups, but as adults, they can become quite "aggressive" towards each other. It's not really attacking, but it's very Obvious some will want to sit on and eat from the same leaf. Eventually, if there is some kind of overpopulation, you might see Phyllium which have been nibbled on by relatives, or some just drop dead from stress.
Raising nymphs can be frustrating even with this species. Sometimes they just don't want to eat... You can encourage them by cutting the edges off the leaves of the foodplants, by providing them with a gentle breeze (waving with something like a lid or a piece of cardboard), and by maintaining a strict day/night cycle. When the lights go out, it should be dark, otherwise if the environment is too much lit up, they can get confused and stressed.
And last, don't spray ON the nymphs, just keep the bottom of the cage moist, this will provide the appropriate humidity so they can easily molt.
Also, nymphs that drink, don't feel hungry anymore, and will eventually die because they lack the proper nutrients they need.

Very productive as well, females can lay up to 150 eggs during their lifetime. Don't keep too many, you won't know what to do with all of them a culture can be started with more or less 30 / 40 eggs.

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