Tuesday, February 7, 2023

A Couple Arenivaga Updates

So uh, apparently my three female Arenivaga bolliana "San Antonio, TX" nymphs have matured... What's weird is that they still LOOK like nymphs, but they've both started laying (infertile) ooths... So yeah, quite obviously adults. I've got three male subadults I've been keeping cool to sync them up properly with the females, and have now dumped them into the females' setup. So, hopefully those will start maturing soon, mate with the females, and I can salvage this strain in culture! 😅🤞

Here are some pictures of one of the females:

Note the reddish brown coloration, which by itself isn't super abnormal, but what is really weird are the pale markings in the middle of the thoracic segments, and the pale dots running down the margins of the abdomen. This is typical patterning for large/subadult nymphs, not adult females, very odd... Hopefully just aberrant coloration, and not a sign of a Serratia infection or anything like that.

In less confusing, great news, my Arenivaga cf. tenax "Socorro, TX" have finally started hatching out! 😁 The substrate is absolutely full of ooths, so soon I should hopefully have a large colony going, and hope to start offering them for sale in the near future!

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

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