Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Anallacta Hatchlings & Pystalla Eggs!!!

YES, guess what I found in my Anallacta methanoides enclosure a couple of days ago? That's right, HATCHLINGS!!! 😁 So happy to have bred this species successfully, once more ooths hatch and the nymphs go through a few more instars, I will begin distributing this species to US breeders!

Here are a few pictures of one of the nymphs:

So adorable! 😊

More great news, my Pystalla horrida adults are still doing great, and eating well! I placed them in an enclosure with a thin layer of moist coconut fiber for a couple days, checked on them today, and found 21 dark brown eggs buried in the substrate! 😃

I had tried just putting a deli cup filled with substrate in their main enclosure, (which has a bare floor to prevent their prey from hiding), but they seemed to be unable to find the substrate easily. So I'm just going to move them back and forth between their feeding enclosure and their new egg laying enclosure every few days, seems like the best plan right now.

I've taken the 21 eggs I found and put them in a deli cup with a very thin layer of moist coconut fiber. Here are some pictures of them:

With any luck, I will start seeing nymphs in a few weeks!

Well that's gonna do it for today, I hope you all enjoyed this post, will see you all next time! 😉


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    1. Yeah, the eggs of a lot of Hemipterans look like little seeds! At a quick glance, and with the right context, I can see how one might confuse a Pystalla egg with a Coniontis! XD

  2. Here's a tip... boil some dry oak leaves and use the resulting tea to moisten the substrate you keep the eggs on. It helps with mold.

    You want to trade for some Platymeris when you have more of these?

    1. Good to know, I may employ that method if I run into mold problems! However, I doubt I'll need to, as plain old coconut fiber never molds for me unless there is some other organic component mixed in. :) And I'll likely dump some Sinella curviseta in their deli cup to seal the deal.

      Thanks for the offer, but probably not, these are honestly the only assassin bugs I think I'll ever need to keep. Since I'm not a Hempiteran fanatic, I think I'll be content with the biggest and baddest one in the hobby. :)

    2. Thing is, it'll be tough to keep the bugs' liquid excrement from ending up in the substrate where they lay their eggs.

    3. Ah, I see! Well, luckily I've actually been removing the eggs from their oviposition enclosure as they lay them, and placing them in a small deli cup with a thin layer of moist coconut fiber. So no gross moldy excrement for them! XD