Tuesday, April 26, 2016

First E.decipiens Ootheca and Some More Awesome WC Insects!

 Hi Again Everyone! :)
A really cool thing happened yesterday..........my adult female Eurycotis decipiens produced an ootheca! It was very cool seeing her run around with it sticking out of her and when she finally got a mixture of spit and coconut fiber and stuck the ootheca a crevice on the piece of cork bark I have in there! This was my first experience of a roach producing an ootheca, so it was very exciting for me.
My family and I went to our property again at Woodhaven Lakes this Saturday and of course I was on the search! During the 4 or so hours I was able to spend time collecting, I found 4 more  D.elogatus which gives me a total of 6 currently, I also found a 2 inch long Geophilus vittatus( Diamondback soil centipede), a large female wolf spider which I showed pictures of in my last post, and a very beautiful Chlaenius tricolor. To add onto my recent collecting success, when I was walking past my window earlier today, I noticed a large P.audax on the screening! I'm really enjoying keeping a wider variety of insects! Enough said, here's some pictures!

Ootheca stuck to cork bark

E.decipiens ootheca

Chlaenius tricolor

Large Phidippus audax nymph

Geophilus vittatus
A fact I found interesting on the soil centipede is that they have no eyes. It will be a very interesting pet considering they stay burrowed basically 24/7 and eat worms and insect larvae. I also found a smaller less impressive soil centipede but didn't bother taking pictures of it.Hope you guys enjoyed this post as always, and until next time, goodbye!


  1. Cool, hope your E.decipens continues to lay ootheca!

    The colorful beetle is a Chlaenius species, probably C.tricolor. They are very beautiful beetles, and can be quite long lived! I've had the pleasure of keeping this species in the past, and the pair I kept lived two years in my care. They ate a variety of live and pre killed insects, as well as cat food. I hope yours lives a long time! :)

    1. Thanks for the I.D! Were you able to breed your's?

    2. Nah, they were either both males, or they did not find their captive conditions conducive for oviposition. They probably need mud and fake plants in their enclosures to lay eggs, seeing as the females lay eggs in small mud cells on the undersides of leaves.