Caribbean Giant Katydid

Stilpnochlora couloniana

Mixed nymphs: $20/each ( Contact for availability )
Starter colony (12 mixed nymphs): $150 ( Contact for availability )

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  • Adult Size: 100 mm.
  • Care Level: Intermediate.
  • Temperature Requirements: 70-85 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Air Humidity: Moist with excellent ventilation.
  • Substrate Humidity: Not picky.
  • Favorite Foods: Oak, bramble, rose, honeysuckle, buckthorn, privet, umbrella tree, butterfly needles, Japanese Euonymus, butterfly bush.
  • Locality: Florida.

Circa 2009 this species was available captive bred infrequently, but the primary breeder in the United States gradually stopped working with them. These are large, surprisingly handleable katydids with a decent lifespan for a relatively undemanding insect. They will feed on a number of different plants (see species stats above), as well as miscellaneous flowers. Many non-coniferous evergreen and semi-evergreen plants are accepted making winter cultivation even at higher latitudes much easier than some stickbugs. Eggs are laid on slim twigs, which the female chews up. All life stages are surprisingly dry tolerant but do appreciate a daily misting, especially if the food quality is poor. Females tend to lay one line of over a hundred eggs before perishing a few days later; it’s uncertain if this is typical or due to husbandry, but it has been consistent with several adult females kept at different times. Otherwise, adults are long-lived, with males bucking the typical insect trend and living well over a year.