Common Name: Giant Malaysian Leaf Insect
Scientific Name: Phyllium giganteum
Status: Captive Bred
Food: Bramble, Oak & Rose
Beautiful green leaf mimics. An all female species. Adults have an approximate body length of 10cm!
How I keep mine
These Giant Leaf insects are amazing, their beauty and camouflage is unbelievable. I haven't kept them for years but I do recall that they were not as easy to rear as the smaller leaf insects, however they are well worth the effort. I think the main points are heat and humidity, they need to be kept warm and humid without the air becoming stale. I am keeping mine in a glass tank with damp kitchen roll on the base. The nymphs are feeding on bramble, I did put a little evergreen oak in with them (I have lots growing in the garden) but they don't seem to have touched it. I think bramble alone is fine, I place it in a small jar of water and pack tissue around the stems to prevent the nymphs drowning. I have been told that these leaf insects do not require spraying with water. I am changing the tissue every two or three days to keep the tank clean and fresh. I am probably doing more than required as the guy who bred these told me that he had also sold some to a pet shop who have simply left them in a sweet jar with bramble and they seem to be thriving! I do think these Leaf insects come from good breeding stock, my supplier is very experienced and has had few problems rearing them in large numbers.
Giant Malaysian Leaf Insect (Phyllium giganteum) Nymph
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