Monday, May 16, 2016

Question Mark Nymphs, Some more Enclosures, and One More Larva

Hi Everyone! :)
I just realized that I hadn't shown any pictures of some Therea olegrandjeani! I didn't know if I should post any pics of them or not because technically they're my little brothers that I bought for him, but what the heck, I'll post some photos of them anyway! There are three of them, there are two medium sized nymphs, one of which has some very beautiful red coloration, and then there is one large nymph that recently molted to sub-adult and is probably 2 instars ahead of the other nymphs. Enough said, here's some pictures of these cute little guys!
Large sub-adult nymph

Medium sized nymph

Medium sized nymph with striking red coloration

All three nymphs
Now, here's some photos of the rest of the enclosures that I haven't shared yet. First, the T.olegrandjeani enclosure is a plastic Sterilite container with a locking lid and some ventilation holes, which I have hot glued metal mesh over. Their substrate is a mix of cypress mulch, coconut fiber, some small rotting hardwood chunks, and some dead leaves, and there are also a couple pieces of egg crate for them to hide under(although they usually just burrow under the substrate.) Second, my P.saussurei enclosure is a plastic container with a good amount of ventilation holes in the lid. It's substrate is the same as the T.olegrandjeani substrate, except it is much drier and doesn't have the small chunks of rotting hardwood, I don't have any egg crate in this one's enclosure. Third, my P.aegyptiaca enclosure is a small plastic container with a lot of ventilation holes in the lid. Their substrate is the same as the T.olegrandjeani substrate only it is a lot drier, I also have no egg crate in their enclosure. Lastly, I forgot I had never shown any pictures of my C. gloriosa larvae or their enclosure, so I will show both. I have 2 of them, which are both L3, their enclosures are small plastic containers with a couple ventilation holes in the lid and their substrate is medium to soft decay oak wood flakes. Note: I have two larvae that are in two different containers, but I'm only sharing a picture of one larvae and one container because the larvae and their enclosures are identical.

T. olegrandjeani enclosure

P. saussurei enclosure

P. aegyptiaca enclosure

C. gloriosa larva enclosure

C. gloriosa larva
Also, I found a cool, large larva that I've never seen before in my yard yesterday, and just wanted to see if any of you guys could I.D it( I know I've asked for a lot of larva I.Ds, so I'll try to make this my last.)

Beetle larva
So, hope you guys enjoyed my post and pictures and I'll see you all next time. good bye!


  1. Very nice, I love Therea! That larva is a very cool find, it is a glowworm, most likely a Phengodes species. Now, whether it is a larva or an adult female I don't know, this family is unique in having larvaform females. They are very picky eaters, and will only eat millipedes, and will only eat ones that are much bigger than themselves. You should definitely take some pictures of it in the dark!
    Hope this helps, and you can keep the larva IDs coming, it's fun to see what you have in your area! :)

    1. Thanks!
      Dang, I don't know if I can find any millipedes that are bigger than the glowworm! Have you kept these before? Do you think it might accept a mealworm?
      I definitely will get some pictures of it in the dark!

  2. Tried to give it a mealworm, it didn't want it. I checked out bugguide and saw this:
    Looks like it will probably take ones that are a bit smaller then itself too, I'll try to collect some millipedes tomorrow, hopefully it will accept them! If not, I'll just release it. Also I went in my closet and looked at in the dark and its so cool, the spots on it's side glow green, really hope I don't have to release it!

  3. Nope, they will refuse anything besides a millipede, even though a mealworm superficially feels like one. Interesting, usually they only like prey as big or bigger than themselves. Hope you can find some millipedes for it! Yeah, they are pretty awesome, love their ability to glow in the dark!

    1. Went and got some millipedes from my yard and I was able to find a couple that were a tiny bit longer than it( but by no means thicker) and I gave it one and it tackled it! It rapped itself around it and tried to bite it, about 5 minutes after that it let go of it but then went back to it, I have not witnessed it actually eating it though, it seems to just be dragging it around by its leg. It did kill the millipede although I don't see any puncture marks or anything . Is this normal, or do they usually just rap their self around it and not let go until it's done?

  4. It seems to have brought it under the substrate now.

  5. I checked on it under the substrate and yep, it's eating it, rapped around it and trying to stick its head inside it's body to get the guts! I'm really glad, I should be able to keep !

    1. Awesome, glad it is eating for you! Got any pictures of the millipedes you are feeding it?

    2. I do have some pictures, I'll either add a couple to this post or include some in my next post.

    3. Cool, can't wait to see them! :)