Sunday, July 31, 2022

Adult Harlequins, Baby Symploce & More!

Got some neat updates to share to wrap up the month, so let's dive in! ๐Ÿ˜„ First off, my Neostylopyga rhombifolia have started maturing, and man are they pretty! ๐Ÿ˜ The males have a reddish coloration to their abdomens, whereas the females are black, and both have ornate creamy "Harlequin" markings all over. A very pretty species, shame they aren't more commonly kept!

Here are some pictures of an adult pair:



Really hope this Chinese hobby strain will breed well for me, I'll keep y'all posted on them for sure!

Next up, an update on my Symploce morsei "Key Largo, FL"... I've got babies!!! ๐Ÿ˜ It took the ooths quite a while to hatch, and I was starting to get worried, but now there's a steady stream of newly hatched nymphs coming in. So I've officially succeeded in breeding this species!

Here are a few pictures of the cuties:

Hopefully they'll continue to do well for me, will probably be able to offer them up for sale to fellow Ectobiid enthusiasts soon! ๐Ÿ˜„

In even more positive Ectobiid news, I've started getting Plectoptera poeyi babies already! And boy are there a lot, I should have NO issues starting a colony of these again. ๐Ÿ˜„

Now, this update has been a LONG time coming... I've finally produced my first CB Asbolus mexicanus mexicanus adult! ๐Ÿ˜ And there should be more where this one came from, using clay in their substrate mix has really improved pupal cell stability, and I've got quite a few larvae sitting in pupal cells now. ๐Ÿคž

Here are some pictures of my first adult:

Teneral darklings are so pretty IMO, love the burnt orange coloration on them. ๐Ÿงก Hopefully there will be many more adults where this one came from!

Lastly but not leastly, due to personal issues Chandra Orr is trimming her collection a bit, and has entrusted me with her last 9 Perisphaerus pygmaeus females, and a small nymph. I've still got around 15 females of my own, plus a brood of small/medium nymphs that were born in February. Chandra is unsure if all of her females were mated, but once one of my small male nymphs matures (probably in a couple months) they'll get fertilized for sure. ๐Ÿ˜„

It's been a rocky road for my colony for the past year, with VERY little reproduction going on. However, I now think I've just been keeping them too humid, and am currently trying to keep them drier like my P.punctatus (which are thriving). So far mine are looking good and quite a few of my females are gravid looking, so fingers crossed they start popping out broods soon... And this addition of 9 more females should really help in the long run as well! ๐Ÿคž

Here are a few pics of some of the new females:

Fingers crossed my now buffed up colony starts breeding soon, this species can be quite prolific, but they need the conditions to be perfect. Big thanks to Chandra for sending me these gals, I'll try and do her proud! ๐Ÿ˜„

Well, that does it for this post, thanks for reading, hope you all enjoyed, stay safe, and I'll see everyone next time! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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