Thursday, March 23, 2023

Bittersweet Macropanesthia News

Well, I've got rhino roach babies! Unfortunately though, a grand total of two... 🙃 My larger female gave birth to five nymphs, one stillborn, two unhealthy nymphs that did unfortunately pass away a couple days after being born, and two healthy nymphs that are perfectly fine. Not sure why this female gave birth to such a small brood, but after talking a bit to the expert on all things rhino roach, Orin McMonigle, it could be due to a lack of proper heat, or any number of random reasons, he's also occasionally gotten similarly small broods from his females. Hopefully my smaller female will have a larger brood, which admittedly would be pretty ironic. 😂 

Anyways, here are some pics of the nymphs:

They're very cute, and honestly I'm just glad to have gotten ANY babies, breeding this species has been a dream of mine for many years, and I can finally say I've accomplished this. Here's hoping my other female has a bigger brood soon, we shall see! 😄

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

Sunday, March 19, 2023

Blaberus Adult, Euthlastoblatta Nymphs, & More!

Sorry for the lack of posts, I've been insanely busy between my new job, my side job (caring for and selling my inverts LOL), and family obligations. 😅But I have a few overdue updates to share, including these that I was supposed to have posted weeks ago.

My pair of Blaberus cf. chacoensis "Pantanal, Brazil" has matured, and they're so pretty! 😊 They look very clean and pure, so that's great, hopefully I'll be able to breed these successfully and get some decent broods out of this female!

Here are some pics of the male, I have taken pictures of the females as well but haven't had time to edit them or anything, so for now, here's just the male:


Really hoping I'll have success with these, they're very pretty looking for a Blaberus! Plus every brood counts, considering we're just getting this species established in the Us hobby again.

My Euthlastoblatta abortiva are growing very well, and one of the ooths Kyle sent along with the initial group of nymphs actually hatched, so I've got a decent starter culture going. I think my largest nymphs are pre-subs or subadults now, and they look so pretty! 😍

Here are some pictures of my largest nymph:

These things are so damn pretty, I really can't wait to see adults! 😁

My Pycnoscelus surinamensis "Dark" colony has been thriving, and so I decided to snap some better pictures of one of my adults, just 'cause.

Here she is:

Definitely a very pretty strain of this species IMO. 😊 I've had some lighter, normal colored adults pop up though, so I think the strain needs some refining still.

Lastly, I snapped a couple of pictures of a large male Tenebrio obscura the other day. These pics don't do him justice, his forearms are very large and bowed, quite a good looking specimen! My next wave of adults is maturing out, should have tons of these soon. 🤞

Here are those pictures:

I really prefer these guys in morphology to T.molitor, though T.molitor are definitely a more prolific species IME.
Speaking of T.molitor, I just got a group of those, so yay, another darkling to add to the roster lol. 😂

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