Sunday, June 26, 2022

Happy Harlequins, White Eyed Hormetica & New Springtails!

Well, the 8 or so Neostylopyga rhombifolia nymphs that survived hatching prematurely several months ago are all growing very well, and are finally starting to develop some of the typical "Harlequin" markings this species is known for. 😍 They're still quite red, but eventually they'll be black and cream colored roaches, so looking forward to seeing adults!

Here are some pictures of my largest nymphs:

Pretty right? Fingers crossed I can actually breed this species, looking forward to the challenge!

Next up, I found an incredible anomaly in my Hormetica strumosa starter colony, a male nymph with white eyes! 😍 It's the only one in my colony with this mutation, and I asked Ty Randall (the person who sent me them) if he could find any in his colony. He could not, so I may be the only person with a white eyed nymph in the hobby! When it matures I will isolate it with one or two virgin females, and then I'll send it back over to Ty so he can do the same (since I still don't trust myself with getting this species to give birth... πŸ˜…). So one way or another we'll hopefully get a "White Eyed" morph of this species established in the hobby!

Here are some pictures of the little dude:

Can't wait to see what he looks like when mature!!! 😁

Lastly, in that container of Blapstinus that Kyle sent me a couple months ago, there were some Cyphoderus sp. springtails inside. Only a few, and so I isolated the three I could find into their own setup. Just a completely unventilated deli cup with a thin layer of moist coconut fiber as the substrate, with some dog food and maybe pollen sprinkled on top for food.

Well, a couple months later I have a thriving colony of these VERY active Cyphoderus sp. "Bylas, AZ", which I'll be calling "Bylas Ant Springtails" for now (since as far as I'm aware "ant springtails" is the name commonly attributed to this genus, which are often found in any colonies). These were technical found in a compost pile, but there may have been ants in there too so... πŸ€·πŸ˜‚ Anyways, already got them posted on my FS list, so yeah... Shameless plug. 😜 Definitely have cleaner crew/feeder potential with how hardy and prolific they seem.

Here are the best pics I could get of them (so pretty crappy pics lol):

I love their silvery white sheen, very cool little springtails. 😁

Anyways, that does it for this post, thanks for reading, hope everyone enjoyed, stay safe, stay buggy, and I'll see you all next time! πŸ˜‰

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