Monday, October 5, 2015

100th Post Update Extravaganza!

This is my 100th blog post! I would like to thank you guys for reading my blog, and also for 2190 page views! I hope you guys stick around, cause I don't plan on quitting culturing invertebrates anytime soon!  So lets get to the many updates!

Update #1: Hemiblabera tenebricosa.
So, after a few months of waiting, one of my females has given birth! There are lots of little nymphs in the substrate and they all seem like they are doing good. Here are some pictures!

Update #2: Parcoblatta americana.
So, about a week ago a weird fungus appeared in my P.americana enclosure, and it basically turned the substrate into one big mat. So I painstakingly removed every one of the roaches out of the enclosure and then changed the substrate and cleaned the cage out. Here is what the enclosure looks like now:

Update #3: Therea olegrandjeani & Ergaula capucina.
Both of these species have been doing very well for me, and they have been laying lots of ootheca!! I finally got around to taking some pictures of the ootheca, here they are.

E.capucina ooth

T.olegrandjeani ooth

Update #4: Tasgius melanarius.
I have bred this species in the past, but was not very successful, so I am going to try again this year! The adults are pretty picky, they will pretty much only eat isopods, their favorite is A.vulgare. They will sometimes eat pre-killed mealworms, but not with any vigor. They will lay eggs in moist coconut fiber, which hatch a few days later. The larva are cannibalistic, and need to be kept separately. They will eat isopods, but will accept pre-killed mealworms and small roach nymphs. Once mature, the larva will burrow to the bottom of their container and make a pupal cell. The pupa is orange-ish at first, but as it gets closer to enclosing it turns black. Anyway, this year I have 2 adults and one larva. I will keep you guys posted on their developments. Here are some pictures of the adults:

Here's the cage
Update #5: Aeolus sp.
I just wanted to show you guys the cage I am housing the adults in. It is nothing fancy, just a medium sized deli cup with coconut fiber as the substrate and a small piece of cardboard as a hide. I have been feeding the adults apple, carrot and cat food, all of which they seem to eat. Here is the cage:

So that is it for this post, I really hope you guys enjoyed! I got some stuff brewing in the bug room, so stay tuned for future posts. Have a nice day! :)

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