Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Salganea Surprise, & Rapid Cryptoglossa Growth!

Well, um, first off... apparently I bred my Salganea taiwanensis taiwanensis months ago and didn't realize it this whole time, just found at least half a dozen HALF GROWN nymphs in their enclosure last week!!! 😂 I went from doubting I had a single pair in there due to no noticeable breeding activity, to having half grown babies, what a surprise that was! 😁 Evidently their nymphs are quite photosensitive, so I never saw any in the few tunnels the adults have dug up against the sides of the enclosure.

The funniest thing is I dug up the five individuals I started with in March, and judging by how big the nymphs are, they had to have been born by then, so I guess I'm just blind as a bat and didn't see them when I was digging around! 🤣
I am super surprised at their fast growth though, like I legit mistook the first nymph I saw to be one of my starter 5 individuals, specifically that subadult pictured in my March post... But then I quickly realized that it was not a subadult, and that that subadult should have matured long ago, so I went digging. 😅 At this rate, I should have adults by the end of the year or beginning of next year, I was expecting a much longer turnaround time!

Sadly no pics, because I didn't think to take any in my excitement, and I don't wanna stress them out and dig them up again... Which sucks because when they are this age they look very much like young Cryptocercus spp. nymphs, kinda termite-like. Figured I'd update ya'll anyways, this is quite an achievement for me, I've now bred two Panesthiinae species, my Panesthia angustipennis cognata are the last to go! 😉

Now for a Cryptoglossa muricata update. So, in addition to the four I originally found, I found an additional two a couple weeks later, and then just a week or so ago I found another two, bringing me to a grand total of eight larvae. The first six have been growing very well over the last two months and are pretty similar in size to each other despite a couple having been much larger than the others, guess they catch up to each other quickly. 

Speaking of quick... Despite them only being around two months old, those six larvae are about HALF GROWN... Super fast growth, like insanely fast. Now, I'm sure the growth will slow down a bit, but they are already an inch long, a couple more months and they'll be pupation size!!! I wasn't expecting such rapid growth from these guys, but I do appreciate it, and so far I've not lost a single one by the way! 😄

Here are some pictures of a couple of the larger larvae:

Getting a little chonky now! 😊 Hopefully they continue to do well for me!

Anyways, that's gonna do it for this post, thanks for reading everyone, stay safe, keep on bugging, and I'll see you next time! 😉

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