Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Arenivaga & Polyphaga Updates!

Happy New Year everyone! I got sick with the flu starting Christmas, so I haven't been very active online as a result... 😅 Starting to slowly get back into the rotation of things though. Got a few updates I'd like to share as well, so here we go!

First off, I finally have adult pairs in my Arenivaga cf. tenax "Socorro, TX" colony! 😊 The males definitely look like a good match for tenax, and the females are lovely. Very reminiscent of the old "Dell City, TX" strain which was almost certainly the same species.

Here are some pics of the pair:

Adult male

Adult female

The females have already been busy laying lots of ooths, I'm sure I'll be getting hatchlings in no time! 😁

Speaking of hatchlings, I've started getting some in my Arenivaga cf. apacha "Cave Creek Canyon, AZ" culture already! 😁 Glad to have bred these beauties so quickly, and the females are still pumping ooths out!

One of my Polyphaga plancyi female nymphs molted recently, and I'm pretty sure she's a subadult now. 😍 Getting closer and closer to having an adult pair of this species, I'm excited!

Here are some pics of the presumably subadult female:

Absolutely stunning! 😁 I can't wait to see an adult female in person!
BTW, I'm starting to heavily suspect that the cool period for incubating the oothecae of this species is mandatory for hatching rather than optional, as the ooth I got a year ago that I've kept room temperature or warmer year round hasn't hatched... 🙃 I've put it and the few other ooths I got this Fall into a proper diapause now, we'll see if that gets them to develop properly. At least nymphs and adults certainly don't seem to need one, and seem to develop well within a year kept warm.

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

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