Friday, February 3, 2023

Panesthia and Episymploce Adults & Black Flour Beetle Success!

It's finally happened, I have an adult pair of Panesthia angustipennis angustipennis "Sabah, Malaysia - Gold Winged Form"! ๐Ÿ˜ The male is the same size, if not larger than my largest P.a.cognata females, whereas the female is even bigger! ๐Ÿ˜„

Here are some pics of the adult male:

Freshly molted in it's molting chamber
Fully hardened/darkened

Definitely a beautiful form of P.a.angustipennis, hopefully they'll breed well for me! ๐Ÿ˜Š

In other Panesthiinae news, my Ancaudellia hamifera have been breeding very well for me, and I actually got to see one of the females right after giving birth in a chamber she made up against the sides of the enclosure. She apparently extruded her whole ooth as the nymphs hatched out, and whatever was left served as the first meal for the newborn nymphs, which were all swarmed around it evidently feeding.

Here are the best pictures I could get of this scene:

Neat right? Wish I coulda gotten better pics of the newborns through the plastic, but it's pretty scratched up there near the bottom. ๐Ÿ˜…

My Episymploce sundaica nymphs are starting to mature out, and boy do I have a lot of freaking nymphs... ๐Ÿ˜… So much so that I've added them to my For Sale list, if anyone's interested, this is the first time they've been offered in the US for years now.

Anyways, main reason I'm bringing them up is that I've finally gotten decent pictures of healthy, young adults, and some nymphs too:

Female carrying ootheca



Much better looking individuals than the one I got photos of last time I posted about these. ๐Ÿ˜… It's a nice little species for sure, one I hope will gain a decent foothold here in the US hobby. I can definitely see potential feeder use in them, even though all life stages can climb, they're not really inclined to, and prefer to stay on the ground when at all possible (but can't burrow either).

Lastly, an update on a beetle y'all probably don't even know I have, Cynaeus angustus, the "Larger Black Flour Beetle". Found a single adult a few months ago just wandering around on the floor in my room, popped it into a deli cup with some fine coconut fiber substrate, and bam, larvae. ๐Ÿ˜‚ Funnily enough, started a colony of this species back in 2017 in exactly the same way, I'm apparently very lucky when it comes to randomly finding gravid adult females of this and other Tenebs.

Anywho, I'm getting a wave of CB adults now, hoping to breed up a nice colony this year and potentially offer this species up, yet another grain pest darkling to add to the roster of potential feeders for herps/inverts. ๐Ÿ˜„

Here are some pictures I took of one of the new adults:

Neat little species, I think people will like them, much larger than Tribolium, but a lot smaller than Tenebrio, more so in the size range of Alphitobius (but Cynaeus larvae look more like Tenebrio/Tribolium).

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

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