A couple days ago my two packages came! I received a sexed pair of Mastigoproctus giganteus and another Phloeodes diabolicus from Peter Clausen of BugsInCyberspace.com, and 150+ Nauphoeta cinerea from Kyle Kandilian of RoachCrossing.com. Both boxes were very well packed and all insects arrived alive and in great condition! I was most surprised that the vinegaroons were in absolute perfect condition( not even a single tarsal claw was missing)being wild-caught adults, and that there wasn't even one die-off out of the 150+ Nauphoeta cinerea that Kyle shipped to me. A big thanks to Kyle for the large overcount on the N.cinerea, I only ordered 100 but as I said he gave me easily 150+!
Here's some pictures of the invertebrates I'm most excited to now own!
|Adult Female M.giganteus|
|Close-up of Adult Female M.giganteus face and pedipalps|
|Holding Adult Female M.giganteus|
|Adult male M.giganteus|
|Close-up of adult male M.giganteus face, pedipalps, and chelicerae|
|Holding adult male M.giganteus|
Here's a picture of how their containers are setup( I only got a picture of the male's container since they are both setup the same.)
Secondly, here's some pictures of my new Phloeodes diabolicus!
Thirdly, here's some pictures of my new Nauphoeta cinerea!
As you can tell, there's a ton of them! I got them to serve as the feeders for my new giant vinegaroons, but they are great for my other predatory insects as well. They are very soft as Kyle notes on their species page, the smaller nymphs seem to like hiding under the substrate, and the adults are fun to handle as they like to glide downwards off of your hand and into the container.
I have them housed in the container I used to keep my E.lixa in, I have the holes on the sides taped, I rubbed a layer of petroleum jelly around the top of the container to prevent them from running out when I open up the container, and I have a couple ventilation holes in the lid. I am using a mix of coconut fiber, dead leaves, and a little hardwood mulch as the substrate. These guys seem to really love eating the dead leaves in the substrate, and chowed down as soon as I dropped them in the container! I also have a couple pieces of egg-crate in there for them to hide under.
Here's a picture of the inside of their enclosure!
Hope you guys enjoyed this post and all the pictures I include in it and I hope to see you all next time, goodbye!