BoyFromLA’s Assassin Bugs Diary

BoyFromLA

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They are now moved into almost four times larger than previous enclosure.

Now I do not have to worry about my nymphs growing in numbers, and in sizes for a few more years at least. It’s all covered.

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Surprisingly, still so many newly born nymphs can be spotted everywhere, while others already are into like third or fourth insta.

This enclosures will be filled with so many of them sooner or later.

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Now, majority of the early born nymphs are 3rd, if not 4th insta, and they eat like champs.

Remaining adults are still into breeding. They are constantly mating, and laying eggs here and there, the main drivers of this colony.

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Freshly newborn nymphs are also eating like champs, getting along very well with other larger ones as new members of the colony.

The colony is continuously booming, and very successful. I have very high hopes for next round of breeding season once they all mature into adults. It will be so crazy I can imagine.
 

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They are technically stealing from each other, but let’s just put it nicely, they are sharing a meal together.

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Westicles

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Hey, do you have wheel bugs where you are? Sorry, I don't know the scientific name. But you know 'em when you see 'em!!!
 

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Great stuff, @BoyFromLA!

Hey, do you have wheel bugs where you are? Sorry, I don't know the scientific name. But you know 'em when you see 'em!!!
Wheel bugs -- Arilus cristatus. I see these lurking on raspberry bushes sometimes. An aunt of mine caught one, asked me for an ID for a "weird looking stink bug with a shape like a gear sprocket sticking out of its back." Lucky she didn't catch the thing bare-handed, because it was no harmless stink bug! They look really cool. After seeing @BoyFromLA's adventures, now I want to catch and try keeping some. Good idea, @Westicles!
 

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Man, it's pretty remarkable you haven't sold any yet. Just having 8 myself and they eat a butt ton of roaches every month and they aren't even laying me eggs! The eggs do look like face hugger eggs for real though. If you are in the market to buy more I'll let you know when mine do. Until then, they'll just be eating me out of house and home.
 

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Great stuff, @BoyFromLA!



Wheel bugs -- Arilus cristatus. I see these lurking on raspberry bushes sometimes. An aunt of mine caught one, asked me for an ID for a "weird looking stink bug with a shape like a gear sprocket sticking out of its back." Lucky she didn't catch the thing bare-handed, because it was no harmless stink bug! They look really cool. After seeing @BoyFromLA's adventures, now I want to catch and try keeping some. Good idea, @Westicles!
Yeah, they're relatively common down here. I see quite a few on my plants and flowers, hopefully taking care of the pests. I'm sure you know this, but supposedly their bites are legendary!!! Anyhow, proceed with caution! Lol
 
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