Tuesday, May 29, 2018

A Few Final Pyrophorus Pictures

Here are a few last pictures I took recently of my Pyrophorus noctilucus, the last two larvae I ordered from Gil last year finally matured, and they came out much larger than my previous adults, a sign of good rearing conditions. 🙂

Here they are:

I'll also include this video I took of them as well, enjoy! 😉

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Goodbye (For Now)

Hello everyone,

It is with a very heavy heart that I announce I have decided to all but leave the hobby. 😢 I have been dealing with some serious stress and anxiety issues for the past few months, and quite a bit, (though not all) of this stress seems to stem from my invertebrates.

It's always a little stressful caring for something, and occasional failures are inevitable in this particular hobby, usually the good outweighs the bad though, at least enough to keep you hooked. But as of late, the stress this hobby has been causing me has far outweighed the happiness it brings me. I'm not sure whether this is due to my increasingly negative and anxious state of mind, or simply because I have too many invertebrates, either way something needs to change, or I will snap.

I have gotten rid of most of my invertebrates now, the only species I plan on keeping are my Perisphaerus pygmaeus, Panchlora sp. "White", Porcellio bolivari, (Oniscus asellus "Mardi Gras Dalmatian"), and of course my female Grammostola porteri, Rosie, she was my first invertebrate pet. Who knows though, I may end up getting rid of everything but Rosie, time will tell.

I am, and forever will be, extremely grateful to those who have given me advice and helped me in this hobby, those who supplied me with many of my inverts, and those who were simply great to chat with! Some people I'd like to give shout outs to are Alan Jeon, Kyle Kandilian, Peter Clausen, Gil Wizen, Sebastien Marcaillou, Brandon Maines, Orin McMonigle, Joshua Campos, Leo Dutkewych, AlexW, Erin Munkascy, Tyler Hedlund, Nicolas Rousseaux, Laura Mae Riepl, Bo Syroney, Alan Grosse, and many, many more. I consider you all close friends, and am grateful for this crazy, bug filled journey we've been on. 😊

I'm not going to be very active on any of the forums anymore, same goes for Facebook, and there will be a long hiatus on this blog as well. I hope to start posting again here one day, as I don't plan on getting rid of all my inverts, but I need some time to find myself again, and get all my priorities straight. I really just need some time to myself at this point. This is probably the last you'll hear of me for quite awhile.

Thanks so much for following this blog for so long, I really hope I'll get the chance to start writing again here one day in the future! Goodbye for now everyone! 😉

(AKA Invertebrate Dude, AKA Hisserdude, AKA TJ Ombrelle)

Monday, April 16, 2018

Eleodes rileyi and Dorylaea orini Updates!

I have been able to get a few Eleodes rileyi to pupate and eclose recently! My larvae had a weird wave of die offs towards the end of their development, and several died right before and during pupation, but luckily my original females produced a TON of offspring, and it doesn't seem like any special impetus is needed to induce pupation. Just small deli cups filled with moist, compressed coco fiber did the trick.

Here are some pictures of a pupa:

Here's the resulting adult, both teneral, and hardened:

And here's a different one:

I'm glad I was able to rear at least a few adults up, hopefully they will live for a couple years or so! 😊
My Dorylaea orini are starting to mature, and man don't they look lovely! 😁 I'm definitely going to have to rehouse them again soon, that's gonna be reeeeaaallll fun...

Here are some pics of an adult female:

And a subadult nymph for fun:

Hopefully this breeding attempt will be more successful than my last, I certainly have a more even sex ratio now, and way more individuals to start off with, so we'll see!

Well, that's gonna do it for this post everyone, hope you all enjoyed, will see you all next time! 😉

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Arenivaga floridensis & Pystalla horrida Updates!!!

So, my female A.floridensis finally matured this week, took her long enough! She's a real beauty, here's hoping she lays some oothecae! 😁

Adult female Arenivaga floridensis "White":

Will keep you all updated on her status! 😊
And my Pystalla horrida have been doing extremely well, lots of eggs have been hatching, and some of my nymphs have already molted to L2!!!

Here are a couple pictures of them:

So happy this species has been thriving for me, they are really helping to cull my Pycnoscelus nigra colony! 😄

Well, that's it for this post, hope you all enjoyed, will see you guys next time! 😉

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Simandoa & Hormetica Updates!

Well, my largest Simandoa conserfariam nymph is a nymph no more, he matured a couple days ago, and he is beautiful! 😁 I can't believe it took me this long to acquire this species, the beautiful adult coloration, coupled with the faint squeaking they make when disturbed has made me fall in love with them! 😄

Here are some pictures of him:

He's really something isn't he? Can't wait until the other two nymphs mature, this is one good looking species!
Speaking of good looking species, two of my Hormetica apolinari males have matured, and oh boy are they gorgeous!!! 😍

Unfortunately they are runts, I've been keeping all six of mine in a gallon enclosure, planning on moving them when they seemed crowded, but instead of them getting crowded, I just stunted their growth, which is a bit of a bummer... But hey, they are still stunning regardless, and I'll be rehousing them very soon! 🙂

Here are some pictures of the males:

And here is a male compared to a male L.grossei:

I really hope I can breed this species successfully, unfortunately my L.grossei female died without producing any offspring, and my L.subcincta female hasn't given birth either... 😢 Hopefully the same thing won't happen to my H.apolinari, we'll find out I suppose.

Well, that's gonna do it for today folks, thanks for reading, will see you all next time! 😉