Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Golden Dubia Babies, Tafalisca Adult, Darkling Updates & More!

For the first time ever, I've bred Blaptica dubia! 😁 And not just any B.dubia, but Roachcrossing's "Unnamed Gold" morph! 😍 One of my females popped out a small brood of maybe a dozen nymphs, and is still fat, so many more should be coming from her, and her several other female cohorts. 😄

Here are some pictures of the little babies, plus some pictures of a couple of my adult females, showing a little bit of the variability of this strain:


Adult females

A lovely line of dubia, hopefully I'll have a bustling colony soon! 😁

I'm VERY excited to announce that one of my Tafalisca eleuthera females has matured, and OMG they're so cool and sizeable!!! 😍😃

Here are some pictures of her:

I've also got a male nymph that seems to be a subadult or at least pre-sub, so I'll have a mature pair soon! And there's two other, smaller female nymphs and another male nymph. Looking forward to breeding these and establishing a nice colony!

I've reared another Asbolus mexicanus mexicanus to adulthood, and have another pupa that looks about ready to eclose as well. 😄 Just figured I'd mention it, keep a little tally of how many adults I've reared up so far (2), hopefully there's a lot more where these came from! 🤞

Lastly, in exciting news, my Eleodes spinipes ventricosa female has finally started ovipositing! Not sure why, but she did not like her old substrate, a mix of sand and old cockroach substrate (which usually works fine for Eleodes spp. in my experience). I think it may have felt too degraded and "peaty" for her, she started eagerly ovipositing as soon as I put her on a substrate of fresh, plain coconut fiber. Whatever, as long as she's laying eggs, I'm happy, excited to start getting larvae of this more difficult to breed subspecies of E.spinipes. 😅

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

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