Sunday, February 28, 2021

Eleodes obscura Pupae!

Some of my Eleodes obscura sulcipennis are finally starting to pupate! 😄 There have been some pretty heavy losses lately in the main setup, but all larvae that were isolated from each other seem to be doing good. Most of the survivors in the big main setup seem to be ready to pupate as well, but are a smaller size, so they'll be a bit runty, whereas the ones I have reared separately in their own deli cups matured at a much more decent size. 

A few days ago, two of the larger larvae pupated, and several more are pre-pupal! Here are some pictures of the pupae:

Even as pupae these things are hefty, I'm hoping they'll mature to be the same size as most of the wild adults I saw! 😁🤞 But first, they must eclose successfully, which I'm hoping they will, in the past I had theorized that the low survival rates some had experienced with this species were due to pupae being picky about their humidity levels, like with E.armata and spinipes, but now I'm thinking the low survival rates people experienced in the past were due to keeping large larvae together. Which might mean that the pupae of this species are actually pretty hardy, we'll see. 

Anyways, that's gonna do it for this brief update, thanks for reading everyone, I hope you enjoyed, stay safe, and I'll see you all in the next post! 😉

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