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PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 8:10 pm 
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Hi, iv been keeping phasmids for a long time now and have possessed many species. I have recently acquired some leaf insect eggs (I have no clue to what they are) and need tips on how to rear them to adult etc.. At the moment they are 10 eggs probably half way through hatching placed on some towelling (non scented and no chemicals) on a heat mat at around 25-30 degrees. I would use it at room temperature but at the moment it is very cold.
am I doing it right so far??
also what do I do when there hatched??
and how do I rear them to adult??
what do I feed them on??
please help this is urgent!!
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PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2013 1:13 am 
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Sorry, never kept them.

However, I found this


http://www.bugnation.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=48130

And this

Place the eggs on moist silver sand in a plastic or perspex box with a tightly fitting lid. Keep the box at about 20-25°C. When the eggs hatch place the young onto fresh bramble which has had the edges cut to stimulate eating. This is the most crucial time in rearing these insects. With care, most species of leaf insects can be bred successfully.

http://www.amentsoc.org/insects/careshe ... sects.html

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PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2013 6:48 am 
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I used to hatch mine on kitchen paper mostly although i did use sand sometimes. I just found with the kitchen paper you have to watch the mould if they get too damp which is hard as you need keep them fairly moist to stop them drying out and have problems hatching.
so once a week i used to just turn them over :)
also i always found when they hatched they could be a nightmare to feed so you will either need to cut the corners from the bramble if your using that and i also used to leave a small chopped pile to tempt them to eat.
AND i started to buy in Guava plants you can get them on ebay if you cannot find them local and they loved these and often got them eating right away :)
as for the rest of it the links Mr Bee posted up will pretty much cover it all :)


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PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2013 2:02 pm 
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yeah, getting them to start eating is the hard bit.. I found trimming the leaf edges as advised, and also really ramming the foodplant in helps to get them started (they seem to have a natural instinct to get to the highest point possible so always make sure the foodplants are touching the top of enclosures). I used bramble but some sources say they take more readily to oak (though may be tricky to switch back to bramble later on)

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PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2013 4:43 pm 
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Thank you so mush for all your help!!!
what would you say the hatch rate will be for say 10 eggs?
your links really helped and the info you gave me was great!!
Thank you all :)

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PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2013 6:40 pm 
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No worries.

Can't really help you with hatch rate ratio's though.

I guess it would depend on certain variables.

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