Adulthood

After months of agonising wait, some of my P.schultei females have finally matured. These will be the first females I have since the one I picked up at the AES died of old age before having a chance to reproduce and lay ova.

I now count two mature females and one more mature male, meaning that Inow have five mature specimens of this species. Hopefully I shall see copulation and egg laying activities soon so that the second generation of this species culd be underway for me. Here are a few pictures of one of the females:

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Compared to an adult male on the left:

 

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The Red Army

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My Oreophoetes peruana (Peruvian fire sticks) having been hatching at a rate of around 2-3 daily, with my total number of nymphs at 25 now. Most of these nymphs will be distributed at the PSG meeting in July (which I will document on here in great detail).

The stunning red males of this species for some reason appear to live longer than the females; out of the original five males and four females I first hatched, all of the females have now perished whilst only one of the males has. This is very odd considering virtually all of the time (to my knowledge), female phasmids outlive male ones, so this may well be just an anomaly.

Too old? Certainly not!

One pair of the two Brasidas foveolatus foveolatus pairs I picked up at the PSG meeting remains, the other dying due to old age. Fairly recently, I noticed that the female wasn’t laying any ova, leading to me considering the possibility of the female/the male/both being too old to reproduce. However, one night I was very happy to see this species mating for the first time (I missed every other time), meaning that both specimens aren’t too old to reproduce; hopefully more ova will be laid soon. Here are a few pictures of the pair mating:

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