The Filipino leaf (Latin Phyllium philippinicum) belongs to the Phylliidae family from the Phasmatodea order.
Due to its appearance, it completely merges with its environment and becomes invisible to predators.
The insect was first discovered in 2001 in the Philippines. It lives in the southern part of Luzon Island in the Sambales province on the coast of Subic Bay. Most often found in the jungle in the middle of bushy thickets.
During the daytime, the Filipino leaflet sits motionless on the leaves of the host plant. With the advent of dusk, she transforms and begins to move quite briskly in search of food with a swinging step typical for representatives of her family. During movement, the insect trembles, imitating the fluttering of a leaf in the wind.
Sexually mature males can fly. They actively fly at night in search of food and females. Once caught, insects can freely recline their middle and hind limbs. The hatched nymphs are especially agile. They run very quickly along the branches until the first molt. After it, the larvae become inactive during the day, like their older counterparts.
The diet consists of guava leaves (Psidium) and rosaceous plants (Rosales). In captivity, the insect can be fed with fresh leaves of oak (Quercus), beech (Fagus) and common hazel (Corylus avellana).
In contrast to the giant leaf (Phyllium giganteum), males of this species live for a relatively long time and take an active part in procreation. Parthenogenesis plays a minor role and is rarely observed. Having found a worthy friend for himself, the gentleman often circles around her for several days.
The female lays oblong eggs 5x3 mm in size. After 4-5 months, dark brown or blackish nymphs are born. After molting and eating, they acquire a greenish tint, which increases as they grow older.
The duration of nymph development depends on the ambient temperature and can last from 130 to 160 days.
Males usually develop a little faster. Once they reach puberty, they can live up to 3 months.
Content of the Philippine leaflet
The insectarium with a volume of 30x30x40 cm can contain up to five adults. Ventilation is necessary, since insects in natural conditions are accustomed to feeding exclusively in the presence of a weak breeze. The fan is turned on in the evening and left until the morning.
The temperature must be maintained in the range from 20 ° C to 30 ° C (optimally 22 ° -26 ° C).
Air humidity is maintained at 60-70%. Nymphs need a more humid microclimate. To maintain it, it is recommended to put a bowl of water in the insectarium. It must be covered with a lattice net or gauze.
The food is best served as freshly cut branches with leaves. It is advisable to spray them twice during the day. These leaflets get the necessary moisture from food, but they like to quench their thirst with raindrops from time to time. Lighting with fluorescent lamps is switched on during the day at 12 o'clock.
The body length of females is 65-98 mm, and that of males is 29-41 mm. The width of the abdomen is 55-68 mm and 15-19 mm, respectively. Hind wings are absent in females. The color ranges from light green to dark green.
Antennae in both sexes are colored in various shades from orange-brown to brown. Females have 9 antennae, and males have 23 and developed hind wings, allowing them to fly over short distances. In female filipino leaflets, the acetabular ring is brown.
Their life expectancy reaches 9 months. Some record holders live to be one year old.
Healers will not help in all cases.
Organs that cannot be restored. Does not fuse or remove bones and skin growths.Multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy can only help. They are very reluctant to tackle end-stage cancers (if at all), especially after many chemotherapy treatments. They explain that they cannot start the self-healing mechanism, since it is destroyed by chemotherapy and hormone therapy and previous operations.
- refrain from all types of meat (except fish and seafood) during treatment
- refrain from salt and pickles (you can use those foods in which salt is already present, for example, bread, cheese, cottage cheese, etc.)
- refrain from black tea and coffee (green tea and herbal are possible), decaf or coffee with milk are also excluded
- exclude alcohol completely for the duration of the treatment, also exclude non-alcoholic beer completely
These requirements are common to all. On the day of diagnosis or during sessions, additional contraindications may be added individually.
During the visit to Virgilio it is advisable not to visit other bioenergy (at the same time).
In the case of vertebral hernias, refrain from the gym during the treatment.
In case of infertility treatment, also during the treatment, we refrain from heels, physical activity (you can do yoga and swimming), lifting weights (no more than 5 kg).
Side effects and exacerbations
There are no side effects, the state of health does not get worse than it was. After the sessions, there is a feeling of drowsiness, weakness, a feeling of fullness (I do not want to eat).
Places (organs) that have healed can make themselves felt through heat, pulling, aching sensation, if you touch the place, it may feel like there is a bruise.
An exacerbation is extremely rare and incredibly short-lived (from 1 to 3 days) in the following cases:
- hypertension (pressure can jump),
- stage 2 diabetes (sugar can rise for a short time in very rare cases),
- vertebral hernia,
- lumbar hernia,
- herniated vertebrae (short-term discomfort may appear),
- gynecology (fibroids, polycystic ovaries, cysts, polyps, prolapse of the uterus) - slight pulling pains (similar to discomfort, as before the menstrual cycle) and discharge (which lasts no more than two days).
Working with the thyroid gland (knots, etc.) after the procedure until the next morning, a feeling of a lump in the throat lasts.
In case of negative impacts (evil eye, damage, etc.), when Virgilio removes it, symptoms similar to the beginning of the flu (chills, fever, drowsiness) may occur, usually in a mild form, passing the next day.
Insofar as work, cleaning and harmonization go at all levels, many people may have cleansing (but it is more spiritual than physical). This is expressed in the desire to cry, withdrawal or internal aggression (duration from 1 day to 5 days).
For skin diseases (dermatitis, neurodermatitis, psoriasis, allergies of various kinds) are possible:
- aggravation (itching, redness),
- deterioration (in individual cases), as a rule, it lasts from 1 to 14 days (some herbs or spices recommended for everyone individually can also provoke an exacerbation, in connection with cleansing the body, but as soon as the days of taking prescribed herbs or spices are over, it also passes exacerbation caused by them, the body is cleansed).
Tricirtis has three more names:
- In the Philippine Islands, this beautiful flower is called the “toad lily”, as the locals use its juice as bait when they hunt for food toads.
- In Japan, it is called "cuckoo" because of the variegated color that resembles the plumage of this bird.
- In Europe it is called “garden orchid” because of the interesting, original shape of this graceful flower, which, although outwardly does not look like an orchid, but very much resembles it in beauty and features.
The most common and winter-hardy types of tricyrtis
In appearance, different varieties of tricyrtis differ little.
They are divided into several groups with common characteristics. Most of them are thermophilic, there are also winter-hardy varieties.
Despite the fact that these plants are quite hardy, in those regions where early autumn frosts are constant, the flowering period will be short. Because it occurs in the second half of summer and the main one falls in autumn, it continues until it is warm. Blooming can be extended only with a tubular planting.
They are planted in open ground where September is warm enough.
Choosing a place for planting in open ground
It is better to plant these plants in places where there is partial shade for most of the day, next to trees.
A wonderful place for them is a garden with tall trees. They love loose forest soil with humus from leaves, peat bogs, black soil.
They do not tolerate stagnation of water at the roots, drafts. Therefore, the area for them should be chosen protected from the wind, as well as with sufficient lighting during the afternoon.
You can propagate tricirtis:
- Seeds in the ground. Sowing is carried out in the fall, only freshly harvested are suitable (last year's seed has low germination). It can be planted in the spring, but before sowing, you need to catch up the seeds by keeping them in the refrigerator on the lower shelf for three weeks. The method of planting by seeds is ineffective.
- Seedlings. Seeds treated with a growth promoter are planted in peat pots in February. They are transplanted into the ground when stable warm weather is established in spring. Flowering occurs in 1-2 years.
- By dividing the rhizomes. In autumn or spring, a part of the root with a shoot is separated with a shovel and planted in another place. This is the best fit. Plants take root well, flowering begins faster.
- Cuttings. In early spring, root cuttings are suitable, in summer, stem cuttings can be taken. Places of cuts are treated with growth stimulants (Kornevin) and the cuttings are planted in the ground. The roots germinate and strengthen within a month.
Growing and caring for tricirtis
With the right choice of place, all other worries about this plant come down to:
- regular watering - cultivation is possible even in arid regions, but provided that the soil around the plant is always moist,
- weeding, loosening the soil (which is recommended after each watering),
- top dressing (humus, peat, mineral fertilizers are suitable, but fresh manure cannot be used),
- removal of dried, damaged flowers.
How tricirtis tolerates winter
In the climatic conditions of the middle zone, where there are often severe frosts, these plants must be covered for the winter. Otherwise, the rhizomes will freeze.
For shelter, agrofibre or a thick layer of peat is used. Species such as yellow do not require frost protection.
Young shoots are susceptible to high temperatures and should not be overheated. Therefore, in early spring, when it is already getting warm, it is imperative to remove the insulation.
The soil can be protected from overheating by mulching with pine bark.
Pests and diseases of tricyrtis
Tricyrtis are quite resistant to pests. Most often, they disappear due to abundant watering on solid ground, when the water stagnates and the roots rot. To prevent this from happening, you need to make good drainage under the flower bed from gravel, branches and sand.
The danger is represented by snails and slugs, which eat leaves to holes. Mulch from crushed eggshells and tree bark can protect against them - they interfere with the movement of these pests.
Tricyrtis do not require much care when planting and nursing in the open field. These plants can beautify any backyard landscape. Tricyrtis look best in group plantings. It is good to plant them near water bodies, next to ornamental shrubs and trees. For those who have little time for constant chores with the improvement of flower beds, such perennials are a real find.