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Re: Oreophoetes peruana

Post by Salt on Wed Aug 05, 2015 1:14 am

I'm taking this species with me.

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Re: Oreophoetes peruana

Post by dermy on Wed Aug 05, 2015 2:01 pm

That sounds fun!
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Re: Oreophoetes peruana

Post by Salt on Fri Aug 07, 2015 1:27 am

7th of August
These guys travelled well, all are intact. However, one of the larger 1st instar nymphs did lose a leg when I was putting it back into the enclosure, fortunately still behaving normally.
Two more nymphs have moulted into the 3rd instar, meaning that I have 5 1st instar nymphs, 1 2nd instar nymph and 4 3rd instar nymphs.

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Re: Oreophoetes peruana

Post by dermy on Fri Aug 07, 2015 12:41 pm

Sucks about the leg but at least they made the trip okay Smile
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Re: Oreophoetes peruana

Post by Salt on Sun Aug 09, 2015 11:56 am

9th of August
The nymph which lost a leg has moulted into the second instar, however it did not regenerate the leg as it hasn't had the time for it to grow.

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Re: Oreophoetes peruana

Post by dermy on Sun Aug 09, 2015 1:25 pm

Oh well I'm sure it will grow back eventually!
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Re: Oreophoetes peruana

Post by Salt on Mon Aug 10, 2015 11:45 am

10th of August
There have been a few moults recently, including a nymph moulting into the 4th instar. I currently have 3 nymphs each in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd instar along with the one in the 4th instar. All of them are doing really well:)

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Re: Oreophoetes peruana

Post by dermy on Mon Aug 10, 2015 2:49 pm

Glad to hear all of them are doing well.
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Re: Oreophoetes peruana

Post by Salt on Sun Aug 16, 2015 1:51 am

16th of August
There have been a few moults recently, however I haven't witnessed them due to being fairly busy. I currently have 1 nymph in the 4th instar, 4 nymphs in the 3rd instar, 4 nymphs in the 2nd instar and 1 nymph in the 1st instar.
I have some nice pictures and a video of the largest one feeding that I will post hopefully when I get back.


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Re: Oreophoetes peruana

Post by dermy on Sun Aug 16, 2015 1:52 am

Sounds like things are growing up pretty fast Very Happy
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Re: Oreophoetes peruana

Post by Salt on Sun Aug 16, 2015 1:57 am

dermy wrote:Sounds like things are growing up pretty fast Very Happy
Yeah, these guys will moult once every two weeks until they reach adulthood. This along with the fact that it is active in the day and that it is beautiful means that it really is a great species to keep.

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Re: Oreophoetes peruana

Post by dermy on Sun Aug 16, 2015 1:58 am

That is cool! How large are they as adults? Can they fly?
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Re: Oreophoetes peruana

Post by Salt on Sun Aug 16, 2015 3:21 am

They get to around 7cm and they cannot fly:)

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Re: Oreophoetes peruana

Post by dermy on Sun Aug 16, 2015 3:29 am

Oh okay just checking. That is pretty massive for an insect though 7cm!
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Re: Oreophoetes peruana

Post by Salt on Tue Aug 18, 2015 1:45 am

The second nymph has moulted into the 4th instar again. These guys seem to have had quicker growth whilst in Poland due to the warm weather. There are currently 2 nymphs in the 4th instar, 3 nymphs in the 3rd instar and 5 nymphs in the 2nd instar, all of which are still doing well:)

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Post by dermy on Tue Aug 18, 2015 1:50 am

Too bad you can't stay there the whole time XD Then they'd be adults in no time!
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Re: Oreophoetes peruana

Post by Salt on Wed Aug 26, 2015 1:24 pm

26th of August
The bumps found on the abdomen are fairly large in the 4th instar, so you can sex the phasmids. I believe that out of the 4 4th instar nymphs, 3 are male and 1 is female, however I will check again tomorrow just to be sure. As my oldest nymph (presumably a male) should be subadult very soon, I will have fully-red males in a little over two weeks:)
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The four largest nymphs

A nymph drinking


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Post by dermy on Wed Aug 26, 2015 1:30 pm

Looking good. Can't wait to see the red Very Happy
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Re: Oreophoetes peruana

Post by Salt on Sun Aug 30, 2015 2:18 pm

30th of August
Yesterday morning I was very happy to witness the
oldest nymph moult into a sub adult, along with another nymph moulting into the 4th instar, which I have determined to be a male.
Anyways, here are some pictures:
Very bad picture of the subadult male next to a nymph moulting into the 4th instar

The subadult male


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Re: Oreophoetes peruana

Post by dermy on Sun Aug 30, 2015 3:12 pm

They are getting really big!
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Re: Oreophoetes peruana

Post by Salt on Sun Sep 13, 2015 5:30 am

13th of September
There are two 5th instar males, four 4th instar nymphs (two males and two females) and the rest 3rd instar (not sexed as of yet). All is well with these guys, new pictures soon!

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Post by dermy on Sun Sep 13, 2015 1:03 pm

I'm glad to hear everything is going well with them Smile
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Re: Oreophoetes peruana

Post by Salt on Tue Sep 22, 2015 12:56 am

22nd of September
I'm expecting adult males any time now. There are currently 4 5th instar nymphs (3 of them subadult males), 4 4th instar nymphs and 2 3rd instar nymphs. Unfortunately, one of the nymphs moulting to 4th instar fell whilst moulting, with its antennae stuck, meaning that it has bent its thorax trying to climb up on itself. Thankfully, I noticed this in time and gently pulled the nymph's antennae out of the moult.

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Re: Oreophoetes peruana

Post by dermy on Tue Sep 22, 2015 2:28 am

Looking good Smile
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Re: Oreophoetes peruana

Post by Salt on Mon Sep 28, 2015 1:01 pm

27th of September
The first adult male is here! Still not completely red, few markings that are yet to fade. Pictures and more information on the current state of these guys will hopefully be up tomorrow.

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