Short care sheet for Leaf Insects (Phyllium letiranti “Tataba”):
Origin: Peleng Island (Indonesia)
Size: up to 9.5 cm (females, males are slightly smaller)
Feeding: Bramble, Oak
Difficulty Level: Average
Leaf Insects are probably the most amazing phasmids – they are well known masters of camouflage copying leaf appearance very precisely (even with veins net). They are so good at this that even other phasmids can confuse them with real leaves and bite them by mistake, this is why it is not recommended to keep them in mixed groups.
Despite of high humidity requirements Leaf Insects needs very good ventilation to prevent mold to grow – don’t allow it as this is very dangerous for these insects. Temperature must be very consistent, sharp drops can lead to health issues.
Recommended enclosure size for a pair of leaf insects is 30x30x45cm or larger.
Females of Phyllium letiranti “Tataba”are dropping eggs to the ground and they should be incubated in 24-26C on in coco substrate or vermiculite.
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