Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Princisia "B&W" & Trogloderus Updates!

All my Princisia vanwaerebeki "Black & White" have matured, and the pronotum structure of both my males looks good for pure Princisia, and their coloration is REALLY nice, like "Tiger" males with better white and black contrast and very clean striping. 😍 The females of this strain are not as pretty unfortunately, "Tiger" females can also be dull compared to their males, however "B&W" females have much thicker black striping, and their "white" abdominal margins seem to average a more ivory cream color, which fades to more yellow/orangish coloration with age. But hey, at least the males are beautiful, and female coloration can probably be made more pretty with enough line breeding.

Anyways, here are some pics of my larger adult male:

Isn't he a beaut? 😄 Loving this strain so far, I really hope they'll breed well for me! 🤞
Well, as far as I know, I'm officially the first person to successfully rear Trogloderus skillmani from egg to adult, and may be the first to do so with any Trogloderus species! 😁 A few weeks ago I isolated several larvae for pupation, and am letting the rest pupate communally in the main breeding enclosure (which as far as I can tell is working well). The larvae pupate readily in clay or clay mixed with sand, and I was able to get pics of a pupa, as well as the resulting teneral adult. 

Here are said photos:


Teneral adult

Pupa looks typical for Amphidorini such as Eleodes and Embaphion, just smaller. Such a neat little genus, I just love the unique appearance of the adults! 😊 

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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