Giant Prickly Leaf Bug (Extatosoma
tiaratum bufonium, Tropidoderinae)
Extatosoma tiaratum bufonium are sexual, but parthenogenetic
if there is no male in the population. This is a
It seems, that at some point of time, a male of
Extatosoma bufonium have being mated to a female
of Extatosoma tiaratum. So, E. tiaratum bufonium
is a cross breed. The males look exactly like Extatosoma
bufonium's males, but the females are some what
in between the 2 species. This specie is also some
times known as "Extatosoma tiaratum green 50/50",
meaning that 50% of the females will be green when
adults, and 50% of females will be other colours
(like brown, white etc.).
Takes 4 month to incubate at 22°-25°C. The nymphs
need 55- 60% humidity, although make sure not to
spray L4 nymphs and up. It seems that they have
almost too much moisture while molting, so if they
get sprayed with some water, the females will not
make it. Males seem to be the hardiest.
See the difference between male of E. tiaratum
and male of E. t. bufonium here.
Yellow Salmon Berry.
Status: Am no longer breeding them.