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Post by Salt on Sat Jul 25, 2015 12:24 pm

The first two nymphs have hatched this morning on the 25th of July. I received month-old ova four months ago from a seller on eBay (the same seller also sent me the O.peruana). This is a beautiful jet-black species which possesses tiny red wings, however it is unable to fly. This species is restricted to a tiny region called Cordillera del Condor in Peru. This is a small species that reproduces sexually and grows to about 6/7cm (males are smaller than females).They are currently being fed on lilac, however also consume honeysuckle and privet. Anyways, here are some pictures:
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Post by dermy on Sat Jul 25, 2015 12:50 pm

A nice Jet Black species sounds nice!


I used to have a lilac bush in my yard but flooding got to it after a long while and it died.
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Re: Peruphasma schultei

Post by Salt on Sat Jul 25, 2015 12:52 pm

Funny how yours died from flooding and one of mine was suffering due to being too dry.

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Post by dermy on Sat Jul 25, 2015 12:59 pm

Mine was in a "ditch" in my yard and it would flood everyear. I don't know how it lived as long as it did.

My yard sure has changed since I was young.
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Re: Peruphasma schultei

Post by Salt on Sat Jul 25, 2015 1:00 pm

What is it like now?

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Post by dermy on Sat Jul 25, 2015 1:02 pm

Sad to look at because it has no trees and just nothing from when I was a kid.
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Post by Salt on Sat Jul 25, 2015 1:05 pm

Wow man that sucks
My old yard used to be pretty nice and big with many plants and trees however I moved out due to flooding and my current back garden is pretty small but with some nice plants as well.

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Post by dermy on Sat Jul 25, 2015 1:07 pm

My basement floods very bad and is apparently a "Big Safety Hazard"
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Re: Peruphasma schultei

Post by Salt on Sat Jul 25, 2015 1:24 pm

Damn, that sounds awful.

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Post by dermy on Sat Jul 25, 2015 1:30 pm

It is pretty bad haha!
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Re: Peruphasma schultei

Post by Salt on Mon Jul 27, 2015 2:31 am

27th of July
Four more nymphs have hatched, bringing the total to 6. The nymphs don't seem to be liking their current variety of lilac, so I will try some other varieties of lilac out and maybe some other plant species.
Pictures will be up soon:)

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Post by dermy on Mon Jul 27, 2015 2:39 am

Cool can't wait to hear about what they like!

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Post by Salt on Wed Jul 29, 2015 4:52 am

29th of July
This morning I woke up to a surprising sight. I looked up at the enclosure and found two nymphs on the outside! I quickly got up and moved the nymphs, along with a new nymph that hatched this morning, into another enclosure. These guys are currently feeding on forsythia and a variety of lilac that has larger leaves, they don't appear to be taking the small-leafed variety.
There are currently 7 nymphs.
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Nice and cosy!

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Post by dermy on Wed Jul 29, 2015 5:54 am

Well I'm glad they moved and shouldn't be out again! Nice pictures.
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Re: Peruphasma schultei

Post by Salt on Sun Aug 02, 2015 2:58 pm

2nd of August
Not much to update, no more have hatched since the last update for some reason, really do hope I get more than 7.
As with all phasmid species I have, these guys have had a change from paper towel to coir.
One interesting thing about this species is that they are nearly always in small clumps. This morning I found two groups each bunched in a small area, one of three and one of four.
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Enclosure from the outside

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Nymph on a leaf

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Post by Salt on Sun Aug 23, 2015 3:11 pm

23rd of August
None of the nymphs seem to have grown, then again it is a slow-growing species. I came back yesterday to 8 nymphs and 2 dead ones (I kept 6 ova whilst I was on holiday). Unfortunately quite a bit of fungus when I came back, which also grew on the ova. I kept 2 ova that didn't look too bad, hope they do hatch for me.
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Post by dermy on Sun Aug 23, 2015 3:12 pm

Sorry to hear about the fungus sad
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Re: Peruphasma schultei

Post by Salt on Tue Sep 08, 2015 12:50 pm

8th of September
Unfortunately another nymph had perished a few days ago, bringing the total back down to 7. They appear to be growing slowly, I will assume that they are in the second instar and that I just missed the moults, as I haven't seen any left over sheds.
Pictures will be up fairly soon:)

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Post by dermy on Tue Sep 08, 2015 5:45 pm

Sorry about the Nymph dying sad

Hopefully they grow faster for you soon.
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Re: Peruphasma schultei

Post by Salt on Mon Sep 28, 2015 12:59 pm

27th of September
These guys have been a bit of an issue (there are only four left). I presume that the higher humidity caused the deaths, so I changed their set up a while ago. The rest seem to be fine, hopeful that they survive!

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Post by dermy on Tue Sep 29, 2015 12:04 am

I'm sorry to hear that they haven't been doing well sad
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Post by Salt on Sat Oct 03, 2015 3:20 pm

3rd of October
A few days ago another nymph died, bringing the total down to 3, however the rest of these nymphs seem to be doing really well now, hopefully whatever is killing them (probably fungus) is gone now. However, just in case the other nymphs perish or turn out to be of one sex, I decided to get some more at the AES show today, bringing home 1 adult female, 2 adult males, 3 small nymphs and a nymph from an unknown species.
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Post by dermy on Sun Oct 04, 2015 4:00 am

Cool you could start breeding them if you wanted Wink
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