Monday, July 27, 2020

Conibius & Eleodes Updates!

Good news, I ended up finding 8 more Conibius cf. seriatus adults over the course of two days, after a week of searching! 😄 They seem to be associated with ant nests, as I found a couple under a board on the ground next to some ant queens that were in the process of creating a new colony, and found a bunch more the next day under a wooden pole that had an ant colony underneath it.

Now wanna know the best part? I found all those individuals on the 22nd and 23rd, and then, one day later, on the 24th, I found hatchlings in their enclosure... 😂 Evidently the one individual I had caught over a week ago was a female, and apparently the eggs of this species only take around a week to hatch! So I didn't even need to collect any more! 🤣 Oh well, at least I should get a pretty stable colony going now with all the individuals I collected, and I now know that it's easy to get this species to oviposit!

Here are some pictures of the larvae I took earlier today:








Cute little things, now hopefully they'll be easy to rear! 😊

I'm not exaggerating when I say I've probably got nearly two hundred larvae in my Eleodes obscura sulcipennis enclosure... Apparently females lay a LOT of eggs when the substrate is to their liking, and I had collected quite a few females. 😅

They are growing well, and now that they've picked up some size I thought I'd snap some pictures of them:





They're still around 2 cm long, so they've got a ways to go in terms of growth still! Note the one super pale, freshly molted individual.
But yeah if any of you want some, be sure to check out the For Sale page, I'm seriously overrun with this particular species, so if you order some you can expect a decent amount of freebies... 😂

Well, that's gonna do it for this post, hope you all enjoyed, thanks for reading, and I'll see you all next time! 😉

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