Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Mega Glowspot Adults!!!

The first of my Lucihormetica grossei are now mature! 😁 I've got two adult males and one adult female so far, the female is a nice normal size, (or at least around the size of the female I had years ago), but the males seem a little runty, I'm afraid the two gallon container I have them in wasn't big enough for them to reach their full size, so that's a little disappointing... These larger Lucihormetica/Hormetica stunt SO easily. One of the males also came out with messed up wings, I think a result of molting against the buried bark in the enclosure, with the wings being shaped against the bark or something... So I've removed some of said bark from their enclosure to ensure that doesn't happen again.

In any case, the other pair that matured with perfect wings are so beautiful, and it's nice to see adults of this species in person again! 😄
Here are some pictures:

Adult male

Adult pair

Adult female

Such a stunning Lucihormetica species, really looking forward to breeding these beauties, wish me luck! 🤞😃

Anyways, that's gonna do it for this update, thanks for reading, I hope everyone enjoyed, stay safe, and I'll see you all in the next post! 😉

Monday, January 18, 2021

Tiger Hisser Weirdness

Well, this is odd... The "subadult" female Princisia vanwaerebeki "Tiger" that Brandon Maines sent me just gave birth to a tiny litter of nymphs. 😅 I wasn't keeping them that warm because I didn't think the female was mature yet, and needed to focus more on heating my other gravid Blaberids... But apparently this small female is not a nymph, but rather a minor adult, which have been popping up more in Brandon's colony lately, as his culture is getting a little crowded with how much they've been breeding for him, (these tigers can be quite prolific if set up just right, though have more narrow husbandry preferences than some other hissers). 

The only reason why I consider any of this particularly weird is because her abdominal coloration is a bit darker and browner than you normally see in pure adult female P.vanwaerebeki "Tiger"... And indeed, Brandon insists most of his adults are quite bright in comparison, hence why he thought this one was a nymph, (well, that and the size of course). So of course, I instantly became concerned about hybridization, and thus I did some lineage tracing for this stock, which I thought I'd share with you.
The lineage tracing is as follows:

I got my trio of tigers from Brandon Maines. Brandon's colony was started with individuals from Cody Will and Joshua Campos. Cody says he got his tigers from Kyle Kandillian of Roachcrossing, (who has always had pure tigers as far as I'm aware). Joshua says he got his from fellow roach breeder Spencer Thornton. Spencer Thornton says he got his from Kyle as well. So they all originate from Kyle's culture, the real question is, did anyone after Kyle in that line contaminate their stock? Well, every one of those keepers seems pretty responsible about preventing hybrids, and most, if not all of them use gasket totes for their hissers, so I kinda doubt they were contaminated along the way.

However, just in case, I'll be closely monitoring this stock to see what the offspring will look like when mature... But for now it seems like this female just has abnormally dark abdominal base coloration, and the stock is still likely pure. 

Anyways, here are a couple pictures of the babies, and the adult female in question:

L1 nymph

Abnormally dark adult female

I think I only got around 5 babies in this litter, but that's to be expected seeing as she didn't even look plump or gravid at all on arrival, and I've been keeping her rather cool on top of that... I'm surprised she gave birth at all TBH! 😂 

Well, that's gonna do it for this post, thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed, stay safe, and I'll see you all next time! 😉

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Big Crickets & a Short Beetle Update

My Ceuthophilus gracilipes gracilipes are maturing! 😁 I've actually had some adult females mature for a couple weeks now, but they are somewhat small/medium sized adults, I've been waiting on my one huge looking female to mature for pictures, and she just matured the other week! 😄 I've also finally got a mature male as well, so breeding has officially started! 

Here are some pictures of my massive female and my first adult male:

Adult female

Adult male

Such an impressive species! 😍 As you can see, adults have quite glossy exoskeletons, compared to the duller, matte texture of the exoskeletons of nymphs, so this makes telling nymphs apart from adults pretty easy IMO. I'm so glad I've got healthy adults of both sexes now, really looking forward to seeing babies in a short while! 😄
Now for the short beetle update... Unfortunately, my last remaining Iphthiminus serratus larvae died before the New Year, which I think is my fault, I moved it from it's old container to the container my other larva had pupated in, since it was a bigger deli cup and seemed more conducive to pupal cell construction. However, the larva refused to burrow in this new setup for some reason, despite seeming perfectly healthy, laid on the top of the substrate for a week, and then died. So I was able to rear a grand total of 1 Iphthiminus serratus larvae up to adulthood... 🙃

Kind of sad, but TBH, that's better than I've done with any other Cnodalonini species before... At first I tried breeding Coelocnemis, never got any offspring. Then I tried breeding Alobates, got lots of offspring but couldn't rear any up to adulthood at all. Then I tried breeding these Iphthiminus, and reared one up to adulthood successfully... So I'm making incremental progress each time I try with this tribe, which is a plus I guess. 😅

Anyways, that's gonna do it for this post, thanks for reading, hope everyone enjoyed, stay safe, and I'll see you all next time! 😉

Friday, January 8, 2021

Deropeltis Ooths!!!

My female Deropeltis sp. "Masai Mara" has been quite busy, having laid four nice sized oothecae so far, and I just found her carrying her fifth! 😁 She's affixed them all to bark, and covered most of them up in substrate. However, I think I spooked her while she was still covering one of them, and she never went back to finish the job, so it's still exposed quite a bit. Good for pics though I guess, so here are some pictures of that bare ooth, plus her producing her fifth one:

Fingers crossed they all hatch for me and I end up with lots of velvety little babies, I'll be keeping my fingers crossed! 🤞😅

Well, that's gonna do it for this short update, I hope you all enjoyed, thanks for reading, stay safe, and I'll see you all in the next post! 😉

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Elliptorhina davidi Update!

So far so good with this species, all three nymphs have molted once now in my care, my male molted just a week or so ago. He may or may not be a subadult already, and he's looking beautiful! 😍 I absolutely love the simple yet vibrant orange coloration on this species, as well as the bumpy morphology, though this male has already lost most of the abdominal tubercles with this molt, which is normal. Females are usually still quite bumpy as adults though thankfully.

One interesting thing I've noticed is this species really seems to prefer fruits to protein based foods, at least, mine hardly touch the chick feed or artificial pollen I offer them. On the other hand, my Gromphadorhina and Princisia gobble up proteins and fruits in somewhat equal amounts, especially as nymphs. 

Well, here are some pictures of the male nymph in his new skin:

Such a looker, really can't wait until he matures! 😁 Same goes for the females! 

Anyways, that'll do it for this update, thanks for reading, I hope everyone enjoyed, stay safe, and I'll see you all next time! 😉