Saturday, May 14, 2022

Eublaberus, Hormetica & Polyphaga Updates!

Well, I'm very happy to announce that the first of my Eublaberus marajoara nymphs has matured! 😁 It's a female, and it turns out the whole group of larger nymphs is rather female heavy, 5 females to 2 males. Hopefully the rest of them mature soon, I'm really looking forward to breeding this beautiful species!

Here's the female in all her glory:

Such a pretty species! Now hopefully they're a breeze to breed! 😅🤞

Next up, a lot more of my Hormetica sp. "Colombia" have been maturing, including a couple of the female nymphs!

Here are some pics of a teneral male, and one of the newer females:

Freshly molted male

Adult female in prime condition

Man I really hope these breed for me, though I'm comforted by the fact that I made sure a couple other breeders in the US also have them now, so in case my bad luck with Luci/Hormetica continues, these should get established in the US hobby regardless. 😅

Lastly, some news related to my last post... One of the Polyphaga plancyi ooths has hatched! 😁 When I first got the ooths, I decided to do an experiment with the smallest ooth, since there is a little known method of getting Polyphaga saussurei ooths to hatch early. 

Both Brandon Maines and fellow bug blogger Joshua Campos have recorded hatching P.saussurei ooths in 2-3 months rather than the normal 6-8 months by keeping their ooths cool for a month or two, and then bumping the heat back up, which after a couple weeks causes the ooths to hatch.
I did this with my smallest Polyphaga plancyi ooths as an experiment, after arrival I kept it cool for a month, around 68-70F°, and then heated them up to 85F°, and that got them to hatch about a week afterwards. 

The other two plancyi ooths haven't hatched yet despite being kept warm the entire time, so I'll be cooling them off for a month and do the same thing, to establish a culture of this species as soon as possible!

Anyways here are some pics of a nymph:

So cute! Can't wait to see adults of this species in person! This time though, I'll actually have to be rather patient, there's no way to speedrun their long nymph development time... 😅

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

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