Friday, April 22, 2016

Some New Invertebrates, and Some Random Updates Pt 2!

Today I got my order from Orin McMonigle, which contained four Orin's roach nymphs, Dorylaea orini! This species is very beautiful, and can be challenging to breed for some keepers. Hopefully I will be able to breed them with relative ease, as this species is amazing!

One of the first things I noticed, (besides their speed and unwillingness to stay in their new enclosure), was their long antenna, this species has very long antenna compared to other roach species I have kept, and are comparable to cave cricket antenna in terms of length. They are also pretty acrobatic, and will jump short distances to get from hide to hide, (or from hand to hand).

Here are some pictures I took of a nymph, these guys rarely stay still and I was not able to get many good pictures:

















Here is what most of the photo-shoot was like:


I can't wait until these mature, though they are prettier as nymphs. Hopefully I will be able to breed this amazing species!
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I got some images of my New Arenivaga cf. genitalis, which are settling into their new enclosure nicely.
Here are the pics:





















Hopefully I will be able to breed these guys as well as my A.tonkawa, not enough people are keeping this genus!
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Here's an update on my Ergaula capucina. They are doing good, and the hatchlings are slowly growing. Many of the original nymphs I got from Peter are maturing, and most of them are males.
Here are some pictures I took of them today:

Female




















Male















This cool species seems to be doing well, and I hope they will stay in my collection for many years to come!
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Here are some small updates on my Byrsotria species.
One of my female B.fumigata gave birth the other day which was surprising! She must have been carrying sperm from a male she was with before I got her.

Another female looks like she may burst, however that female matured in my care and she was in with the Byrsotria sp. "Cuba", which means that if she has babies they are hybrids. Hopefully she is not actually gravid, and is just carrying an unfertile ootheca.
Here are some pictures of one of the females:



















My Byrsotria sp. "Cuba" have been doing good as well, and my females have been giving birth! Many of them have matured, and it seems like more hatchlings are on their way.
Here are some pictures of one of the males:




















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And lastly, here is an update on my Mycetophagus sp. Most of the larva have pupated and eclosed, and there are many new adults in the enclosure. I put several pieces of cat food in the cage, which then molded over. The mold was sprayed with water which turned it into one big mat of mold, which the beetles don't seem to mind at all.
Here are a couple of pictures of them eating some old moldy cat food:















They do not eat dead roach bodies by the way, so if used as a clean up crew it would only be for leftover grain based foods like dog or cat food.

Anyway, that's gonna be it for today, I hope you guys enjoyed this post, and I will see you all tomorrow! :)

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