Monday, February 27, 2017

Panchlora sp. "White" & Drymaplaneta Updates

The Panchlora sp. "White" nymphs are all doing very well, and have started to burrow a lot more. They are also growing quite fast, which is great, can't wait until I have adults again!

Anyway, here are some pictures of the nymphs:



















Very glad the nymphs have done so well, here's hoping that they mature with no problems!
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Another one of my Drymaplaneta semivitta oothecae has hatched, got another twelve or so nymphs now! That leaves only three more oothecae to hatch, hopefully they will do so soon!

Here are some pictures of a few of the new nymphs:


















They all seem to have taken to the egg cartons in their enclosure very nicely, that's where they spend most of their time now, as opposed to the upper rim of the enclosure, which makes cage maintenance much easier.

Also, just wanted to let you guys know that Invertebrate Dude now has it's own Facebook page! Check it out here!

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

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Some Roach Updates

Finally, after a long wait, my Arenivaga cf. genitalis male has finally matured, and he's a handsome devil of a sand roach! I love the dark markings on the wings, much different than the markings on the wings of A.bolliana. Hopefully he will mate with my female and she can start laying some oothecae!

Here are some pictures of the male:























Here's hoping I can breed this species successfully!
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My Byrsotria fumigata nymphs have been maturing, and I was a little worried they may be hybrids between B.fumigata and B.sp. "Cuba", (my B.fumigata females were shipped in the same container as male B.sp. "Cuba"), however after chatting with Kyle Kandilian, it seems that they are probably pure B.fumigata, which is great, as the last thing this hobby needs is more hybrids!

Anyway, I took some pictures of them recently, so here they are:




















So it seems that they are most likely pure B.fumigata, which I am very happy about, will still be keeping a close eye on my culture though, just in case...
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My Corydidarum nymphs have been doing very well, some have even molted to the 3rd instar, which is great! While checking on them the other day, I noticed some of the nymphs were huddled around one of the females. As I started taking pictures of them, the female protectively got on top of the nymphs and shielded them from me, which I found absolutely adorable.

Here are those pictures of them, (in the last pic you can just barely see one of the nymphs poking out from under the female):





















I really love this species, I'm so happy that they've done well for me, they are just such unique and interesting little roaches! :)
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Finally, I just wanted to announce that all of my Paranauphoeta discoidalis nymphs have matured! :) They did so quite a while back actually, I just never got around to saying so. Also, my original female died a while back, but produced one more litter of half a dozen nymphs before she did. My new adults have yet to produce any offspring, but they should soon!

Here are a couple of pictures I took earlier today, sorry for the poor quality:
















I'll be trading half of my adults off pretty soon, (I hope), for some very cool new roaches that I'm excited to share with you, so stay tuned for that.

Anyways, that's gonna be it for today, I hope you guys all enjoyed, I'll see you all next post! :)

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Drymaplaneta nymphs!!

Yesterday while checking up on all my enclosures I found that one of my Drymaplaneta semivitta oothecae had hatched, all twelve nymphs were hanging out around the lid of the enclosure! This species apparently loves to climb, and the nymphs did not want to use any of the hides I provided them, which is gonna make feeding them a pain, (and made taking pictures of them a pain too).

After a long and difficult photo session, I was able to get a couple pictures of the nymphs that weren't absolute garbage, so here they are lol:

















I'm very happy that I ended up getting nymphs, I was a bit skeptical that the oothecae would hatch after being exposed to the cold while they were being shipped, but they seem to be pretty hardy. Here's hoping the rest will hatch soon too!

Anyway, that's gonna be it for today, exciting developments are starting here at the Invertebrate Dude collection, so stay tuned for some posts on some interesting new invertebrates within the following months! Hope you guys enjoyed this post, I'll see you all soon! :)

Monday, February 13, 2017

Some Misc Updates

First off, let's start with a Jerusalem cricket update. Unfortunately Sam has died, I found her on top of the substrate next to two eggs, I searched the substrate and sadly found no other eggs. I don't know why she died before laying all her eggs, I should have gotten over twenty from her. Strangely enough, Ripper is still doing well, I thought she would die soon after laying her second clutch, but she's still kicking, so that's good.

Some of the eggs are still molding over, it appears to be rather random, some of the old eggs have molded over and some of the new ones have as well, and yet there are still some eggs from both clutches that seem perfectly healthy. Hopefully some of them will avoid perishing and hatch, I would really like to get a second generation of these guys going. Will keep you all posted.
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My Corydidarum pygmaea are doing great, the babies are getting plumper, I'm pretty sure they are all going to molt again soon. I realized I never took any pictures of their new enclosure, so I took a couple of pictures today just so you guys have an idea of how they are housed.

Here is their enclosure:
















They really like hiding under the curved bark pieces in the enclosure, as well as under the rotten wood chunks hidden under the bark. So far the babies have been doing great, here's hoping I'll be able to rear them to adulthood!
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And finally, a little update on my Oniscus asellus "Dalmatian". They are doing great, and producing a decent amount of offspring, which still so far have only been "Dalmatian" morph individuals! Plus, the first few offspring they produced are growing pretty fast, won't be long until they reach sexual maturity themselves.

Anyway, here are a few pictures I took of them today:



















I am very happy these have been doing well for me, as you may know, I've had some trouble isolating other isopod morphs in the past, so it's a relief that these have been producing offspring that are actually of the "Dalmatian" morph.

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

Friday, February 3, 2017

Another Jerusalem Cricket Egg Update

I'm sad to say that most of the eggs from Ripper's first clutch have decomposed and molded over, seems they may have been infertile. :( While there are still some healthy looking eggs from that clutch, I have a suspicion that none of them will hatch.

This is pretty disappointing, was really excited about the prospect of breeding these guys, but things are heading south fast. Will keep you guys posted.