Thursday, December 16, 2021

My New Eurycotis opaca "Jaruco"!!!

Nennips-Nebahcs Shipment Pt 3/5
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Now these are kinda exciting, an old hobby staple that sadly died out of the US hobby years ago, Eurycotis opaca "Jaruco"! 😁 One of the largest Eurycotis in culture, and beautiful patterned to boot, it's a wonder this species ever lost popularity. 

Sadly, not many survived shipping, and some were half dead on arrival, so after all the initial die offs I've only ended up with an adult male, and four nymphs (only ONE of which looks female). So my hopes of breeding are kinda bleak, especially since some of the initial die off seems to have been cannibalism related... 😒 But I'll do my best!

I've got my group set up in a moderately ventilated two gallon container with a thin layer of coconut fiber as the substrate, with bark slabs and paper towel rolls as hides. I'm keeping them semi-humid, and warm (75-85F°). And for food they've got dog food, fruits and pollen. I'm offering food in multiple different places in the enclosure, to prevent any territorial food disputes, which can sometimes be a problem with Eurycotis spp..

Here are some pictures of mine:

Adult male, with one slightly messed up tegmina

Large male nymph

Here's hoping I can work some magic and not only get a pair to maturity, but then breed them and incubate the oothecae successfully... 🤞 So far my Eurycotis luck has been good, so I guess we'll have to just wait and see!

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

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