Friday, May 26, 2023

Pseudoglomeris Updates

Well I figure I'll start this post off with some bad news, since the rest is very positive. Unfortunately my Pseudoglomeris aerea colony has been crashing hard, and I'm not sure why. They may have been affected by pesticide poisoning last year, and were just hardy enough to resist it up until now, or something went wrong with their diapause. Either way, they're not doing so hot, and I got down to an adult female, and 1.2 subadults (with the male looking quite unhealthy).

I had sent a group to Brandon Maines last year, and he has only lost a few so far (mostly due to pest issues, which he's since taken care of), and has at least one adult male already. So, it made the most sense to me to just send my remaining group to Brandon, since his are doing better under his care, and with this group being more female heavy it'd surely be a boost to his colony. Hopefully if/when his breed, he can just send me a replacement group. Fingers crossed this works out well, and we can keep this species going in the US hobby cooperatively.

Now onto the good news! My Pseudoglomeris magnifica "Kunming" have all matured now, I've just been slow on getting pictures of the adult females. In the time it's taken me to get photos of them and edit them though, TWO of my females have already given birth! 😃 So that's awesome LOL, hopefully the babies do well, and hopefully my other two females pop soon as well.

Here are some pictures of the females, plus a couple crappy phone pics of one carrying babies:

Female carrying nymphs

Such a pretty strain, some Chinese strains are very dull, but this locality in particular is rather vibrant for the Copper form of this species, with a nice green iridescence on some individuals. 😁 Hopefully I'll have tons soon, and will be able to distribute them in the US hobby. 

Next up, I got a NEW Pseudoglomeris magnifica strain from Northern Vietnam, courtesy of Angela Winnick at Am I Bugging You. Now this strain is the same size as the Chinese magnifica strains usually are, but they have the more minute exoskeleton punctations typical of Vietnamese magnifica. Their coloration is a pretty vibrant Green-Gold rather than Green-Blue or Copper, really pretty looking in person. 😍 

Angela sent me three adult females, (they're presumably WC, the whole import probably is), and all three have already given birth!!! 😁 I have them set up in the typical magnifica fashion, good ventilation, third of the enclosure humid with semi-frequent mistings (due to the abysmal air humidity in my area). Vertical cottonwood bark hides, dog food fruits and pollen/artificial pollen for food. I'm keeping them at 75-85F°, and no diapause should be needed IMO for this strain based on their location.

Here are some pictures of the females, along with a couple grainy phone pics of one holding a ridiculous amount of nymphs... 🤣 

Female carrying nymphs

Such a beautiful strain, I'm glad I already got some offspring from them in such a short time. 😄 Hopefully the babies grow up strong and we can get this new strain established in culture! Big thanks to Angela for giving me the opportunity to work with this line!

Well, that does it for this post, thanks for reading, hope everyone enjoyed, and I'll see you all next time! 😉 


  1. Hi!
    I noticed you’d posted a while back about your experience with Pseudacanthops lobipes. I was wondering what your experience had been with their care with regard’s temperature, humidity and so forth? Any help would be greatly appreciated! I’m expecting delivery of one soon and have found details fee and far between, not many people seem to have had success or attempts with them. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks! :)

  2. So many babies ❤️

    1. Yup, love 'em! Now hopefully my emeralds pop soon LOL