Sunday, January 23, 2022

Asbolus mexicanus Larvae!

Well it's been a while, but I've finally started to figure out how to care for Asbolus mexicanus mexicanus larvae and eggs. They need nearly bone dry conditions, with just a tiny bit of substrate that's slightly moist to retreat to. This is in direct contrast to Cryptoglossa muricata larvae which like higher humidity, (though they can't tolerate soaking wet substrate for even short periods of time). I killed quite a few A.m.mexicanus eggs and larvae by isolating them and keeping them too humid... But now that I've corrected this mistake, I have half a dozen larvae of various stages growing well for me, and the adults have kept randomly laying eggs throughout the year. 🙂

I actually dumped the contents of one of the deli cups I had isolated an Asbolus egg in earlier this year into my Triorophus sp. "Fort Stockton, TX" enclosure months ago, since I dug through the sand and didn't see the Asbolus egg or larva, and assumed it died. Apparently it was still alive though, because I found a half grown A.m.mexicanus larva in my Triorophus container last week... 😂 I was wondering where the last few large Triorophus larvae I had in there went, I thought they'd just died randomly... But nope, this Asbolus probably ate them. 🙃 Oh well, I reared quite a few Triorophus to adulthood regardless, and as a side note, I'm now finding F2 Triorophus larvae in the substrate! 😁

Anyways, here are some pics of an Asbolus mexicanus mexicanus larva, (specifically the stowaway I found in my Triorophus setup):

Hopefully I can rear a decent amount of these to adulthood, would be nice to get a good colony of them going. 😄 Now if only I could figure out how to get Asbolus laevis to oviposit...

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

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