Wednesday, January 5, 2022

My New Ornate Harvestmen!

Alan December 2021 Package 2/2
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Thanks to Alan, I now have some true Vonones ornata from FL in my collection! 😁 I've been wanting to work with this species for years now, along with the other Vonones/Cynortoides in the US.

Most "Vonones ornata" in the hobby are actually Vonones sayi, which has a far wider range, but lacks the large spikes on their backs that true V.ornata have. True V.ornata are pretty uncommon in culture, and only seem to be found in FL, and perhaps the southern areas of surrounding states(?).

Alan collected me several of these, however due to an accidental lapse in care, combined with probable cannibalism, only two ended up surviving long. Hopefully they're a pair or two mature mated females, fingers crossed, I would really like to be able to breed these beauties.

I've got my pair set up in a moderately ventilated half gallon jar with a substrate of coconut fiber mixed with sand. I'm using paper towel rolls and leaf litter for hides, and I'm keeping them humid and warm (about 75F°). For food I'm offering dog food, pollen, fruits, and pre-killed inverts.

Here are some pictures of one of them:

I love the red hue of this species, as well as their long legs and very noticeable spines on their backs! 😁 Hopefully I lucked out and at least one of them is a mated female, guess time will tell!

Alan also caught some Cynortoides quadrispinosa for me, a species that looks so much like Vonones, and appears to be a somewhat recently invasive species in FL. However, they sadly proved very cannibalistic, and he was only able to send me one in the end. Sadly it was weak on arrival, and died shortly afterwards. 😔 But I at least got some pictures of it before it passed:

Oh well, hopefully I'll be able to get some of these again, such a nice species! 

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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