Thursday, September 2, 2021

Salganea Checkup & Asbolus Eggs!

Well, I did a little checkup on my Salganea taiwanensis taiwanensis, and was actually able to get pics this time! 😄 However I found only 4 surviving nymphs from last brood, when previously I had seen at least 6 nymphs in there. So while said nymphs are all subadults and pre-subs now, it seems there has been some slight die off for whatever reason, which has me concerned. However, all 5 adults are still alive, and there is another new brood of small nymphs in there, 5 to be exact. 

Here are some pics of the group:

So, while it seems like I have a stable colony ATM, it's gonna be a slow growing one for sure. At least the nymphs grow rather fast, subadults in around 6 months. 

Also, I am happy to report that I am already finding eggs from my Asbolus mexicanus mexicanus! Not only that, but the eggs are huge in comparison to most Teneb eggs I've seen, at least 3-4 mms long! The females must not lay that many eggs as a result, I feel like they can't fit that many inside of them in a single breeding season. 

I have isolated 2 eggs so far into deli cups filled with sand, with a horizontal humidity gradient, with the eggs placed in between the dry and humid substrate. Unfortunately while I did find a third egg, I accidentally smashed it, apparently they are quite fragile. I also have noticed a lot of mating, something I've not seen a lot of with Asbolus or Cryptoglossa previously, so hopefully that means I will be getting a decent amount of eggs from these!

Here are some pics of one of the eggs:

Will be sure to update you all once they start hatching out, I look forward to seeing the differences between the larvae of this species and of Cryptoglossa

Also, I have recently noticed that my Asbolus laevis are showing signs of mating too, I've not seen any actually hookups, but I have seen some probable males tapping the backs of other individuals with their antennae in an interested manner. So hopefully I get some offspring from those too!

Anyways, that's gonna do it for this post, hope you all enjoyed, thanks for reading, stay safe, and I'll see you all next time! 😉

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