Australian Leaf Insect Phyllium monteithi – Female

$45.00

Australian Leaf Insect Phyllium monteithi

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Description

This is Australia’s only true species of Leaf Insect!
Found in tropical rainforest, this species prefers to feed on Lilly Pilly (Syzygium sp) (but will reportedly accept other species as well).
Females are flightless, despite possessing vestigial wings.

All of our specimens are Captively-reared and parasite-free!

Please note:
– Specimens shipped will be at least 3rd or 4th instar. (not adult or sub-adult)
– Our specimens are from an asexual colony, which means we only have females, and unless mated with a male, they will only have female offspring.
– This species requires extremely slow, careful and patient handling. Limited handling is recommended.
– Not recommended for beginners or children.
– We have limited numbers of this species and have restricted how many specimens can be ordered to two (2).
– This species prefers to feed on the foliage of Lilly Pilly Syzygium spp. (This species may eat Eucalyptus, Acacia but tend to do best with Lilly Pilly). 

Currently Only Shipping to Qld, NSW, ACT, Vic, and SA, Australia.

Not included:
– Appropriate enclosure
– Regular fresh foliage (Lilly Pilly Syzygium australe)
– Water Spray Bottle

Environmental Requirements:
–  Ambient Temperature range of 18-28C
– Humidity Levels of 60-80%
– Well-ventilated mesh enclosure (a fan/light breeze is also highly beneficial)
– Regular supply of fresh Lilly Pilly Syzygium australe foliage
– Regular spray with water
– Adequate room to moult / grow.