View Full Version : Phasmid ID?
08-02-2009, 05:14 PM
Who can help me with these? I got them in June from a friend and now they are about 10cm long (without the legs streched out) and really green.
They are my first stick insect so I could need some help.
Thanks a lot!!!
08-02-2009, 05:36 PM
They look like Ramulus Artemis to me
Here a thread with a pic to show
08-03-2009, 07:21 AM
Thank You! Can you tell me a little bit more about them?
08-03-2009, 09:24 AM
Vietnamese Stick Bugs have very long front legs. They are one of the easiest Stick Bug to take care for. Nymphs mature to their adult form in three months. They leave for 3 to 4 months after reaching adult size. They are nocturnal, which means they remain virtually motionless throughout the day. Nymphs that have missing limbs are likely to regenerate the missing parts at the next molt. They are are sexual, but parthenogenetic if there is no male in the population.
Female: adults get up to 4- 4 1/4 inches (10-11cm) long. Apterous, with very short antennas. Usually plain green but sometimes reddish or brown in color. The most intriguing thing about them i think is when you hold them on their leg or make it some how feel like it is stuck, the female will take out its very sharp needle which is located on the end on the underside of its abdomen, and hit you constantly with that needle really hard.
They feed on Bramble,Oak, Rose, Hazel and Hawthorn.
Here are the eggs :-
Here are the Adults :-
08-03-2009, 05:52 PM
Did one of your females really hit you with this thorn? Never heard of that before, interesting. This thorn is actually a help for the males (which are unknown for this species) to mate. It's also known from several other phasmids like Lonchodes brevipes and Carausius spinosus, but I never heard they also use it for defense.
08-03-2009, 06:08 PM
Mine never actually used its thorn on me, but the site i got this care sheet from is usually right and he's had a lot of phasmids so i normally go with his care sheets.
Do you think i made the right ID?
08-03-2009, 06:09 PM
Oh, yes, you're 100% right ;)
08-03-2009, 06:18 PM
It was the the brown part at the end of the abdomen that gave me the species.
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