Friday, June 23, 2017

Some Misc. Updates

First off, my Arenivaga sp. "Dell City" are doing great, the females have been laying quite a few oothecae, and one of my many subadult males has finally matured! The males of this species look a LOT like those of Arenivaga tenax to me, of course I'm sure the only way of getting a truly accurate ID would be to dissect the genitalia.

Anyway, here are some pictures of the male:















Very handsome looking specimen isn't he? I just love how slender and long his wings are compared to other Arenivaga I've kept!
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Secondly, I've already got Compsodes babies! 😍 They are incredibly tiny, smaller than most Sinella curviseta springtail adults! (Which thankfully I don't have in their enclosure). The oothecae of this species have a pretty fast development time, only a few weeks to a month it seems!

Anyway, here are a couple pictures of the cuties:
















The pics are pretty blurry, but it's the best I could do, these things are sooooo small! Very glad this species is breeding in my care, such a neat little cockroach!
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Also, I found some tiny nymphs in my Polyphaga saussurei enclosure!! 😆 I got my original nymphs in early 2015, and I'm thrilled that they finally have produced nymphs of their own! It's been a long wait, but it sure has been worth it!

Here are a few pictures of a couple of the nymphs:



















Some of the nymphs seem to be missing antennae and tips of legs, I'm not sure why, could be that the enclosure got too dry for a little bit, or that the adults are trampling the nymphs, so I will be keeping a close eye on them, definitely don't want to lose any of my new nymphs!
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Lastly, one of my Pyrophorus noctilucus larvae pupated prematurely, I'm not sure why. Could be because of the rise in temperature here, or the switch from dog food to chick feed as the main diet, however the other two larvae are doing just fine with the exact same conditions, and show no signs of pupating. I ordered two more larvae from Gil Wizen, so hopefully they will grow at the same rate as my other two larvae, so that they can all mature at the same time and hopefully mate.

Anyway, the larvae that pupated built it's cell up against the enclosure wall, so I can see it pretty well, and it looks nice and healthy! The pupae of this species actually glow in the dark, so it's really fun to watch it at night! Once it matures it will glow even more brightly I believe, so I'm very excited for that, will be posting pictures (and maybe videos), of the adult once it matures and emerges from it's cell! 😁 Can't really get any pictures of the pupa though at the moment, I don't want to disturb it or destroy it's pupal cell, otherwise I'd have to construct an artificial one out of floral foam or something.

In other Pyrophorus news, remember that one larva that has the mites on it? Well the situation has become a bit worse. The mites have started spreading to the legs, so I sterilized it's substrate, (which had quite a bit of grain mites in it apparently), and will be feeding it mostly live prey now, as the grain based foods I was giving it were really fueling the grain mite population it seems. I will keep you all posted on any further developments with this larva.

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

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