Sunday, April 16, 2017

Some Miscellaneous Updates

I am very happy to report that one of my Compsodes schwarzi nymphs has matured into a beautiful male, seems like this species is doing very well in my care, and I am well on my way to breeding them! 🙂

Here are some pictures of him:

I love the wing venation of this species, reminds me of insects you'd see in amber from prehistoric times! Can't wait until the females start maturing, hopefully I'll soon have large colony of this tiny species! 😊

While we are on the topic of roaches, I would also like to announce that I have found tiny nymphs in my Polyphaga aegyptiaca enclosure! I actually found them a couple weeks ago, but was waiting to announce it here on the blog until I had pictures. Unfortunately I still don't have any pictures of them, but decided I wanted to announce it anyway. 😛

My Alaus melanops grub still has not pupated, I am going to be searching for an appropriately sized log for it to bore into and pupate in, as I really just want to see it mature!

Anyway, I took a few pictures of it the other day, so here they are:

Such a beautiful grub, so cool looking! Hopefully I can find a good sized piece of wood for it soon...

And lastly, I took some pictures of my Oniscus asellus "Orange-ish" last month in sunlight, which really shows what they look like in real life, and never ended up posting them on the blog, so today I thought I would. 

So far they are doing well and breeding prolifically, however there have been no offspring with more intense coloration yet...

Anyway, that's gonna be it for today, hope you guys enjoy, will see you all soon! 🙂


  1. I've actually been seeing a lot of those Alaus larvae recently, didn't realize what beautiful beetles they turn into! I'll definitely be collecting them now. lol

    On a different note, can they only pupate in logs and do they need to be rotten?

    1. Yup, they are really cool critters! They are predatory and only seem to eat live prey as larvae BTW, mealworms work best as a food source.

      They need to be rather solid, as long as it holds up well, it can be rotten or fresh. I gave mine part of a thick, fresh branch the other day and it's already bored into it, hopefully it'll pupate soon!

    2. Ah, was hoping that they'd accept do food, whelp....doesn't look like I'll be collecting them after all.

      Nice, hopefully it does!

    3. From what I've heard, they only except live prey, mealworms are so easy to breed though, and are really close to their natural diet of wood boring beetle larvae. :)

      Thanks, I hope so too!