Saturday, December 16, 2017

Eurycotis Hatchings & a Couple Other Updates!!!

Great news guys, one or two of my Eurycotis improcera oothecae have hatched! 😁 Was getting a little worried about this species, especially after my Deropeltis sp. "Jinka" oothecae started dying off. The 1st instar nymphs of this species are quite large, which surprised me, considering the oothecae aren't that big.

Here are some pictures I took of the new nymphs:

Really glad that I have successfully bred this beautiful species, hopefully these nymphs will grow up without any problems!

My Lanxoblatta rudis are all doing well, and my adult female is getting pretty plump! 😊 It's hard to tell from my pictures, but she now has a hard time laying flush with the bark, hopefully this means she is gravid and will produce some babies soon!

Here are a few pictures I took of the subadult female and the adult female:

Here's hoping I'll see some babies soon!

My Porcellio bolivari are also doing very well, and I think one of my females may be gravid! So if all goes well, I hope to see mancae in the enclosure within a month or two, fingers crossed!

Here are a couple of pictures I took of one of my larger males on top of a female:

I don't know whether the male was trying to get a little action or was just resting, but in any case the female seemed rather oblivious to his presence.

Lastly, I have re-organized my "Bug Closet", to maximize the amount of enclosures touching my heat cable, as it is getting cold here and the room temperatures are no longer suitable for breeding several of my tropical cockroaches. Somehow while moving everything around, I managed to create more free space in my closet, which is great since some of my species need to be rehoused to larger enclosures next month, (namely my Dorylaea orini, Blaberus sp. "Venezuela", Arenivaga bolliana, and maybe my Anallacata methanoides and Eurycotis improcera).

Anyway, here is a picture of the closet now:

Here is the shelf above my closet
And here is the floor of my closet
That's almost whole collection, minus my Cariblatta minima colony that is under quarantine in my bathroom, and my Parcoblatta divisa and Hymenorus sp. cultures, which are in the garage.
Well, that is going to do it for this post, hope everyone enjoyed, will see you all next time! 😉


  1. How do you watch your insects in a crowded room like that? Many roaches are easily scared, and bringing their jar to a table would probably make them run for their lives and stay huddled in corners for quite some time.

    1. If I want to observe a species in the back, then yes I need to bring the cage out and place it on the floor, which can spook some species, (but most calm down after a couple minutes in my experience). Ideally I'd like to have racks set up and be able to observe all my enclosures without moving them, buuuut, I just have to work with what I got. :/