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Phyllium tobeloense "Galela" [Leaf Insects]

Phyllium tobeloense "Galela" [Leaf Insects]

Postby Westley Price » Wed Dec 31, 2014 6:23 pm

Hi Guys

My Phyllium tobeloense "Galela" recently started hatching and I was pleasantly surprised by the hatching rate, must be above 90%!

I have always had a yearning to keep these and finally got the chance and so far the have been doing great on Guava leaves. I also tried mango leaves but they did not seem too interested.

They are born blackish (like most Phyllium sp.) with light coloured bands and quickly change to uniform green within a week or so.

Here are some pics of the newly hatching nymphs, the are about 10-15mm

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Are here are some of the larger ones, which are around 15-20mm.

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I have two other species of leaf insect incubating so fingers crossed they start hatching soon.

Enjoy
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Re: Phyllium tobeloense "Galela" [Leaf Insects]

Postby reptile » Thu Jan 01, 2015 10:09 am

Beautiful!
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Re: Phyllium tobeloense "Galela" [Leaf Insects]

Postby Bushviper » Thu Jan 01, 2015 11:30 am

NIce. Hope you have enough guava leaves
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Re: Phyllium tobeloense "Galela" [Leaf Insects]

Postby Ruan Stander » Sat Jan 03, 2015 8:26 pm

The colour of the hatchlings is so cool ! Would have been real neat if they retained it.
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Re: Phyllium tobeloense "Galela" [Leaf Insects]

Postby Westley Price » Sun Jan 04, 2015 10:12 am

Thanx guys.

Pity you guys are no longer allowed to keep these your side of the border ;)
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Re: Phyllium tobeloense "Galela" [Leaf Insects]

Postby Bushviper » Sun Jan 04, 2015 6:15 pm

Nope they are not illegal yet.
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Re: Phyllium tobeloense "Galela" [Leaf Insects]

Postby Westley Price » Mon Jan 05, 2015 7:46 am

Ahhh okay. I was under the impression that the newly proposed laws had been passed.

Great news that is hasnt been passed yet. Thanx for the info.
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Re: Phyllium tobeloense "Galela" [Leaf Insects]

Postby Westley Price » Sun Feb 01, 2015 3:48 pm

All still doing well and growing strong.

Female nymph

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Re: Phyllium tobeloense "Galela" [Leaf Insects]

Postby Westley Price » Wed Feb 25, 2015 8:01 pm

Growing like weeds! I like the brown colouration mimicking how the leaves dry out.

Female

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Male, note the wings starting to form

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Re: Phyllium tobeloense "Galela" [Leaf Insects]

Postby Westley Price » Sun Jun 21, 2015 1:13 pm

These are probably the most interesting of the phasmid species so thought I would update you guys.

So by now I have a good adult of adult pairs and they are still doing extremely well.

I have not seen mating, but I am sure it happens at night what I am not watching. Now just to be patient waiting for eggs.

If you look carefully on the lat picture, you will note the female is a bit nibbled along the edges. You know you camo is amazing if other specimen from the same species taste you just to make sure you're not a leaf ;)

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On my hand for size reference.

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Re: Phyllium tobeloense "Galela" [Leaf Insects]

Postby reptile » Tue Jun 23, 2015 5:19 pm

Nice!!!
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Re: Phyllium tobeloense "Galela" [Leaf Insects]

Postby Mehelya » Wed Jun 24, 2015 12:06 pm

Awesome little creatures, Westley! If your own species tries a taste nibble, you know the camo is working properly... :lol:
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Re: Phyllium tobeloense "Galela" [Leaf Insects]

Postby Westley Price » Wed Jun 24, 2015 9:00 pm

Thanx guys.
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Re: Phyllium tobeloense "Galela" [Leaf Insects]

Postby GraemeEC » Mon Jul 13, 2015 5:12 pm

Very nice leaf insect collection.Impressed.
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