Sunday, February 18, 2024

Up & Up Updates!

Got a bunch of random updates and photos to dump, so let's get started!

First of all, my Periplaneta brunnea "EU Hobby Stock" culture has exploded, they're doing very well and I only just realized I never got photos of adults!

So without further adieu, here are a few pictures of an adult female:

Absolutely love the coloration on this species, such beautiful rich reddish brown hues and subtle pronotum markings. 😍 Underrated AF in my opinion.

Next up, a few months ago I caught an adult Hadrurus spadix in Melba, ID, which I have been trying to offload. It's been doing well for me with minimal care, and I finally got around to getting some pictures of it!

Quite an impressive specimen, would be nice to see more of these here in the future. 🙂 

My Armadillidium maculatum culture has absolutely exploded, there are hundreds of the things in the small takeout container I currently have them in, they're definitely due for a rehousing soon. 😆

Here are a few pictures of more than a few individuals:

A very pretty species, I remember when these were brand new in the hobby, they were quite an expensive and coveted species, until we started getting Spanish Porcellio that is...

Recently I collected some Armadillidium nasatum in Kuna, ID. This is the first time I've seen them in this state, and was able to collect more than enough to start a colony. 

Interestingly they are throwing out a wide variety of coloration and potential morphs, for now I'll be leaving them be as a nice little sample of the genetic diversity that's present in this one locality. I may isolate some of the weirder looking individuals in the future for some breeding projects, but for now am content to leave the various color forms together.

Here are some pics of them:

Definitely a nice strain of this species, I'm quite happy I was able to finally find some in the wild!

In a somewhat controversial move, after hearing Kyle talk about keeping centipedes communally on one of his recent livestreams, I decided to throw my remaining two Scolopendra sp. "Boise" into the same enclosure, namely a moderately ventilated gallon container with several inches of clay/sand substrate, topped with Styrofoam pieces for hides.

Lo and behold, there doing quite well communally, often sharing the same hide! Admittedly I lost most of the ones I collected last year due to neglect, if I'd have known I could keep them communally I would have paid much closer attention to them, as I'd actually want to give them a solid breeding attempt. 

I will attempt to collect more of these as the weather warms up, and hope to get a breeding communal culture going. 

Well, wasn't even that long of a wait, I now have Porcellio hoffmannseggi "White-Out" babies! 😁 Excited these are doing so well for me, most of the females appear gravid so no doubt I will have even more offspring on the way soon.

Here are some pics I got of the adults recently:

Loving this strain, so nice to have a morph like this in such a large and impressive isopod species!

Lastly, the Blaptica dubia colony I inherited recently has been exploding, no surprise there. 😆 I happened to snap a couple of pictures of some nymphs feeding the other day, which I'll include below.

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

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