Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Big Princisia Male, Growing Phortioeca, & Other Updates!

The last of the Princisia vanwaerebeki "Big/Black" born early this year have matured, including an absolute beast of a male, larger than my original male! 😁 He has decent, but minimal coloration, as well as impeccable pronotum structure. 

Here are some pics of this gorgeous boy:

Now I'm just waiting for more litters to be born, sadly I've seen a few aborted ooths already, but no babies, these things are pretty finicky as far as hissers go.

Also, as an update on their purity, Kyle from Roachcrossing has raised up the nymphs I sent him, and he says they look to be pure! He's gonna wait a generation or two before confirming it, but other than their coloration they seem quite spot on for pure Princisia (and even the variable coloration isn't completely outside of the norm for this species). He also got a group of CCR's current Princisia stock, and confirmed that THOSE are hybrids, the pronotum structure on the males is completely variable, and the coloration is even worse than the stock I have. So this stock I have is about as pure as it gets here in the US, and hopefully Kyle will be able to confirm that they ARE actually pure soon. But so far, so good!

My Phortioeca sp. "Ecuador" are growing quite well, so well in fact that I've rehoused them to a brand new five gallon gasket bin. Here's hoping I have adults here in a few months! 😁

Here are some pictures of mine in all their flat bark glory:

Will be sure to keep y'all updated on their progress!

In exciting news, I found babies in my Chorisoneura parishi enclosure on 10/31! 😁 Sadly I haven't been able to get pictures of them, they are hyper speed demons and I really don't wanna have to open up their enclosure just to try and extract one nymph for a photoshoot... so you'll just have to take my word for it. 😜 I've already got L3s, and oothecae keep on hatching, so this species is thriving in their setup, which is fantastic. I really wanna try again with C.texensis, if only I could source some...

Also, I found Arenivaga bolliana "Del Rio" babies on 10/20, and in case you haven't noticed, I have a group or two for sale already. Glad this species is doing well for me, hopefully they'll continue to do so for years to come. ☺️

And lastly, I've gotten adult Triorophus! 😁 Unfortunately my first one came out with messed up elytra, but the second and third ones look great. There's a fourth pupa I've isolated, as well as two large larvae I'm attempting to pupate.

Here are some pictures of the good looking teneral adults:

Such a nice little species, hope to be able to spread them around in the hobby soon, fingers crossed!

Anyways, that's gonna be it for this post, thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed, stay safe, and I'll see you all next time! 😉

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