A few weeks ago, the last Lopaphus sp “Cuc Phuong” matured into an adult female. However, this one was different from every other female, which meant that it must have been the different morph- there are two female morphs in this species.
The female in question:
The female next to a female of the better-represented morph:
Here are a few closer comparisons of the two morphs:
Olive-green metathorax and reddish femurs of the ‘atypical’ morph
Bright blue metathorax and light brown femurs of the ‘typical’ morph
Red prothorax/ head and abdomen/ovipositor of the ‘atypical’ morph
Brown prothorax/head and white/black abdomen/ovipositor of the ‘typical’ morph
Smile for the family picture!
Pictured above are all of my Pseudophasma fulrum, all of which are now fully grown with only one male having a mishap with the final moult, leading to a bent abdomen along with other deformities, however thankfully he still has full flying capabilities; here he is pictured below:
Unfortunately, however, it does appear that the adult female I received originally is now dying due to old age, with this female now displaying darker colours, the inability to fly and slower movement. Thankfully, I have four other healthy mature adult females that will fulfil the role of reproduction with flying colours.
It is great to have successful cultures like I have with this species, with no specimens dying due to reasons other than old age and only having one problematic moult; hopefully some of my other species today and in the future will be just as successful, if not more.
The last adult female of my first generation of Oreophoetes peruana has now sadly perished, leaving behind just four adult males from that generation. Luckily, over a hundred ova were laid and 12 have hatched so far, with the eldest now in the third instar.
Here are a few pictures of one of the nymphs: