Green Bean Stick Insect Diapherodes gigantea you will receive 6 live insects nymphs
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Green Bean Stick Insect
We have this beautiful stick insect available from the Granada Islands, living in a tropical wet rainforest, the Green Bean stick insect is very slow moving, and is great for kids to hold. The Green Bean stick insect drinks from water on the leaves, so spray the foodplants twice a day and watch them drink! At 5-inches and bright lime green, this stick insect is impressive.
D. gigantea is a great stick insect to culture, for many reasons. gigantea is a beautiful bright lime green, with the body being very heavy, the females measuring up to 5 inches long. They are a great choice for children as they are slow moving. The males can fly, and ova take about 4 months to hatch. D. gigantea is a sexual species; it takes males for fertilization. A common name for D. gigantea is the “Green Bean” stick insect. D. gigantea comes from the Caribbean Islands, and is assigned the PSG number of 260.
I house nymphs in smaller screen cages until they reach 3 inches long, and then I shift them into 12w x 18d x 30h screen cages through adulthood. I have rotating fans on the back of my screen cages in the same cycle as my lights to offer a day/night cycle.
My main food is Blackberry as I have it year-round. They will also eat Eucalyptus, Oak, Raspberry, and Sweet Bay (Laurus nobilis).
Nymphs will not survive without at least 2 misting where all the foliage and cage sides are wet. Once the nymphs are 3-inches long, they can have less misting’s. Of all the stick and leaf insects I have raised, D. gigantea are the one stick insect that will drink water every time you mist. I mist their cage morning and night every day, even if I am too busy to do the rest of my collection.
I put in a larger Phasmid in the new nymph cage to eat leaves to encourage the new nymphs to eat. Once they molt 2 more times they will eat on their own.