Saturday, November 11, 2023

Exciting, Extravagant, Eucorydia!

There are some species and genera that are on just about every Blatticulturist's wishlist, Polyzosteria mitchelli, Pseudoglomeris magnifica, Paratropes spp., etc., Eucorydia dasytoides is one of those species as well, and one I've been wanting to work with forever.

Unfortunately, despite several of the different geographic populations having entered culture numerous times, they have yet to gain a strong foothold in the US hobby, (despite a small group of US breeders culturing them circa 2015). I've tried desperately to source a group of this species in the past, with no luck.

That all changes now, thanks to a generous fellow hobbyist, Gyรถrgy Fiam! ๐Ÿ˜ I'd traded with him for these and another species, but the package he sent me didn't make it, through no fault on their part. Despite that, he was kind enough to ship a replacement group to me, and this time around there were no issues. ๐Ÿ˜„ Definitely an amazing hobbyist with great stock, so huge thanks to him for providing me with this amazing species!

I am happy to announce that I now own 20 or so small/medium nymphs of the exciting, extravagant, Eucorydia dasytoides! ๐Ÿ˜ This species has a very wide range in China/Taiwan, with multiple geographic populations (formerly considered different species) that differ in size and coloration. This strain in particular was collected in Taiwan and represents the "zonata" population (formerly it's own species, but now synonymized with dasytoides). This should be one of the faster growing, tropical strains, hopefully without a diapause requirement (most strains from temperate Mainland China likely require a diapause to develop properly).

I have them setup in a well ventilated half gallon container, with a substrate of coconut fiber almost an inch deep, and leaf litter on top. I am keeping about one third of the substrate moist, the rest bone dry, as this species likes things on the drier side. In addition to the leaf litter available to them, I'll be feeding them chick feed and probably some artificial pollen, as the nymphs of Eucorydia are supposedly quite protein hungry. Once they mature, the adults will be offered the same foods, as well as fresh fruits.

Anyways, here are some pictures of the little cuties:












For now, not very impressive, but in around 8-10 months they should mature into absolutely stunning adults! Hopefully I've got a decent sex ratio, and can breed these beautiful Blattodeans! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ I'll be sure to keep you all updated on this species for sure!

Anyways, that's gonna do it for this post, thanks for reading, I hope you all enjoyed, and I'll see you next time! ๐Ÿ˜‰

2 comments:

  1. I confess to preferring the nymphal colors.

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    1. I mean it is a nice shade of brown, and they've got that compact and fluffy look to them that makes them look cute. ๐Ÿ˜„ But I still prefer adults, I'm a sucker for metallic bugs.

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