Lopaphus cuc phuong is perhaps one of the 5 most vibrant species of stick insects in the world. The males are glossy gold on the head and abdomen, as well as a deep metallic water blue in the thorax. If that had not been sufficient, the tip of the abdominal area is black with a white stripe! This variety of stick insect looks like it was spray painted with metallic blue paint, they are sensational.
The “Cuc Phuong” is a rapid moving stick insect. They will fall to the ground when touched, and “skitter” away fairly humorous! I house them in a screen cage 18w x 18d x 36t with a fan in the room for air circulation. The screen cage also provides them with a lot of surface area they can crawl around on. I’ve also noticed that they like to hang from the top of the insect enclosure when they are moulting.
I make use Gatorade bottle and fill it with water then I place the branches in it. This way the branches will last for a few days. The CP will certainly consume Blackberry, Raspberry, Firethorn (Pyracantha sp.), Hazelnut (Corylus avellana), and also Beech (Fagus sylvatica).
I supply blackberry and raspberry leaves as a staple as well as Oak. The Oak being nibbled on marginally, but am unsure the CP will survive on simply Oak.
I spray leaves as well as insects daily, and spray the bottom of the room daily.
Tricks: CP stick insects are one of the most active types of stick insects I have maintained. I made the error of attempting to put a new meals in the room one evening and left the door open, and had the opportunity to collect them from various places in my insect room for days … When you touch a stationary CP it will generally drop to the ground then “skitter” away. When they are sub-adult as well as grown-up, legs damage very easy so be careful when handling your walking stick.
1)When you attempt to relocate them. “Herd them” where you desire them to go.
2) Cup them between your 2 hands.
3) Place a tall container under them, so when they fall they are caught.