I know I'm a bit late, but posts like the one I'm making here require some time. ;) The past few days have been very eventful, arthropod wise. I've received some new, awesome bugs and have some neat updates to post about!
Let's get started with the new arthropods(you'll notice me using term this much more now as it is more specific than "invertebrates").
A couple days ago I received yet another package from Peter Clausen of bugsincyberspace.com. Now this shipment was different than the rest. Initially when I ordered, Peter had recommended holding the package for a couple weeks(or longer). But I requested for it to be shipped the following week since the weather was going to be bit better, he has spectacular packing, and I was purchasing some very hardy arthropods. Anyway, Peter delivered again! He insulated the box extremely well with Styrofoam and included a heat pack inside for some extra warmth. Needless to say, everything came alive, oh.....I seem to have forgotten to tell you what I received! I got three small Gyna centurio nymphs, four small Polyphaga aegyptiaca nymphs(one extra included), three smallish Gromphadorhina sp."Princisia vanwaerebecki" nymphs(one extra included), a sexed pair of Eleodes tribulus(sexed for no extra charge), and an additional nice-sized portion of free dead leaves! Thanks again to Peter for another amazing transaction!
I'm very excited to have acquired the rare and amazingly beautiful G.centurio, hoping I have one of each sex out of the three! Their nymphs look very odd compared to nymphs of other Gyna species, having a solid base color of brown with a couple yellow spots towards the front of the body. I'm currently keeping them in a small deli cup with some ventilation holes in the lid, and have given them a semi-moist substrate of coconut husk and coconut fiber with some crumbled dead leaves on top.
Here's some photos of them and their enclosure!
|Small G.centurio nymph|
|Freshly molted G.centurio nymph|
|Small G.centurio nymphs|
Here some pics of them and their enclosure!
|Gromphadorhina sp. "Princisia vanwaerebecki" nymphs|
|Gromphadorhina sp. "Princisia vanwaerebecki" enclosure|
Here's some pics of the darklings and their enclosure!
Here's some pictures of the 'lil guys!
|Small P.aegyptiaca nymphs|
|Small P.aegyptiaca nymphs with larger female nymph|
This first update is probably the thing I'm most excited to share in this post......my female Mastigoproctus giganteus constructed a birthing chamber! From one of my new books(which, like the beetle book, will be talked about in my next post), I've discovered that the "dried up" spermatophore that was left in the enclosure after my first attempt at mating these guys was actually a used spermatophore! So my female is definitely gravid, now just have to keep my fingers crossed that she forms her broodsac successfully! With any luck, I'll be having some nice little hatchlings come out of the chamber along with my female in Summer!
Here's a pic of the chamber!
|Adult female M.giganteus in birthing chamber|
Here are some pics of the adult male right after he molted and then after he dried.
|Freshly molted adult male P.pennsylvanica|
|Adult male P.pennsylvanica|
|Adult male P.pennsylvanica with sub-adult nymph|