Friday, June 24, 2022

Princisia Androhamana Adults & Pseudoglomeris Babies!

It's finally happening, my Princisia vanwaerebeki "Androhamana" are maturing!!! 😁 Man are they big too, my first adult male already tops my largest "Big/Black" Princisia male in size, and the subadult male I still have is the same size... 😅

Unfortunately though, both my current males have odd pronotum deformities, probably due to mismolts at a younger age... I HAD a male with a perfect pronotum, however he was a bit smaller than these two and one molt behind them, and it would seem both the larger, deformed males bullied him to death before he could even mature... 😭 So yeah, the males of this strain do NOT play nice.
In any case, I've got two males and a dozen females... So I should have a very large baby boom here shortly, and fingers crossed my males from my next generation will all have perfect pronotums. 😅

Here are some pictures of an adult pair:



BEAUTIFUL, right!? 😍 The females are quite a bit darker than the males, a more rusty red color compared to pale orange/yellow on the males. Interestingly, a lot of the females have red spots on their pronotums, similar to the spots some female P.vanwaerebeki "Tiger" have on theirs. That plus the nearly identical striping pattern really does solidify my belief that "Tiger" hissers truly are a form of P.vanwaerebeki.

Anyways, super happy to finally see the beautiful, massive adults of this strain in person. Can't wait to distribute these amazing, PURE Princisia into the US hobby in the near future! 😄

Now for more good news, one of my Pseudoglomeris aerea "Yunnan" females gave birth last week! 😁 Already the nymphs have dispersed from under her, and are molting to L2 now, but she stayed on top of her brood for nearly a week.
The other female is also looking a bit plump, so fingers crossed for another brood here soon! 🤞

Here's a kind of crappy video I got of the mother while she was still guarding her babies:

Such pretty roaches, I'm so glad they're doing well for me! It actually seems like they like a bit of heat during the summer, keeping them at around 75-80F° on the warmest end of their enclosure, which they seem to like. During the winter a diapause will definitely still be necessary, but it's good to know these aren't quite as heat sensitive during Summer as Pseudoglomeris beybeinkoi are.

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

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