Stick Bug (Areaton asperrimus) (PSG-118)
This is a very thorny specie. Adults get 3.15inches
(8cm) long. They should be kept at 18- 25°C
(70- 77°F), 30- 40% humidity. Nymphs should
be sprayed every day, till they reach their 2nd
instar, and then every 2nd- 3rd day. They are great
for beginners though do not do well in hotter temperatures.
When handled, they tend to stay on your hand unless
pinched on an appendage, in which case they will
start running away, and fall right off your hand.
I feed my culture Bramble year round and in summer
time I offer them some Oak and Salmon Berry to ensure
that each generation is getting a variety of plants.
Females deposit their ova into the substrate using
their ova depository needle. The best way is to
just keep the ova in the substrate as it is very
sensitive to light and if exposed to light for longer
periods of time, will have a very low hatch rate.
The ova is prone to mould problems, especially if
exposed to the first 1/2 inch of the substrates
surface. If the mould is found on ova, it should
be carefully cleaned with a q-tip using Oak Tea
(made from dried Oak leafs). Oak tea helps prevent
mould coming back after it has being cleaned off
for quite some time.
Females: get 3 3/16 (81mm) long. Females
will lay their ova in the ground, so the substrate
should be at least 1- 2 inches deep. The substrate
should be moist but not wet, if you squize it in
your hand slightly, no water should drip.
Males: get 2 inches (51mm) long.
Diet: Bramble, Ivy, Oak, Raspberry, Rose, Red/ Yellow Salmon
one day old female nymph.
Rare green form subadult.