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PostSubject: Salmon's Platymeris biguttatus journal   1/25/2017, 2:51 pm

I recently received 4 Platymeris biguttatus, 3 nymphs and an adult. I'll record their growth and breeding here.

The nymphs:

The adult:

Their enclosure:

I hope to eventually have a sizeable colony.
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PostSubject: Re: Salmon's Platymeris biguttatus journal   1/25/2017, 4:08 pm

That's a cool looking species. Real nice Set up as well.
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PostSubject: Re: Salmon's Platymeris biguttatus journal   1/25/2017, 8:31 pm

Awesome! Been wanting to get some of these for a while but I never got to them. I heard somewhere that they are parthengenetic. I highly doubt that it is true but I'm curious about that. Do you know if they are?
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PostSubject: Re: Salmon's Platymeris biguttatus journal   1/25/2017, 10:24 pm

Stugy wrote:
Awesome! Been wanting to get some of these for a while but I never got to them. I heard somewhere that they are parthengenetic. I highly doubt that it is true but I'm curious about that. Do you know if they are?

Pretty sure it's just a rumor.


Not 100% sure, but based on photos and descriptions online the adult seems to be a female. I hope that she reached sexual maturity and mated before I got her so I don't have to wait as long to get eggs.
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PostSubject: Re: Salmon's Platymeris biguttatus journal   1/26/2017, 10:18 pm

Confirmed that the adult is a female, here she is enjoying a dubia:
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PostSubject: Re: Salmon's Platymeris biguttatus journal   1/27/2017, 9:25 am

If you are luckier than me, she will lay fertile eggs. While, I am not sure. I believe this species will lay infertile eggs if I remember correctly. So good luck. Wink Hopefully them nymphs you got as well aren't all males or just females. That is the kind of luck I typically have. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Salmon's Platymeris biguttatus journal   1/29/2017, 5:00 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Salmon's Platymeris biguttatus journal   1/29/2017, 10:01 pm

How much do they cost and where did you get them I'm thinking of getting some of those
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PostSubject: Re: Salmon's Platymeris biguttatus journal   1/30/2017, 3:01 pm

Cape cod roaches and bugsincyberspace sell nymphs for $7. Also check for classifieds ads.
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PostSubject: Re: Salmon's Platymeris biguttatus journal   2/5/2017, 9:00 pm

These guys seem to be surprisingly aware and responsive, similar to mantids. The most voracious of the three nymphs (who's been eating almost every day) perks up and runs to the front of its container when I walk past.
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PostSubject: Re: Salmon's Platymeris biguttatus journal   2/8/2017, 10:30 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Salmon's Platymeris biguttatus journal   2/9/2017, 10:25 am

Yes, I they are very active. Never had the pleasure of keeping them myself unfortunately. How much does it eat of what it kills? I have heard they waste a lot.
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PostSubject: Re: Salmon's Platymeris biguttatus journal   2/9/2017, 3:42 pm

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Eager litte buggers ain't they! I want some now. Smile

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Yes, I they are very active. Never had the pleasure of keeping them myself unfortunately. How much does it eat of what it kills? I have heard they waste a lot.

Well they only suck out the innards of their prey, so they always leave the outer shell to rot.
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PostSubject: Re: Salmon's Platymeris biguttatus journal   2/9/2017, 7:48 pm

It's hard to tell exactly how much they waste, since there's always a fully intact exoskeleton. I will say that one of them that was recently molted and thin killed a large roach and appeared to suck it completely dry, while the roach in the picture above (that bug has already eaten 5 or 6 times under my care) still had quite a bit of fluid in its discarded remains.
The nymphs are really aggressive and get all swollen and purple right after a large meal. The adult has only eaten once and doesn't seem very interested in prey.
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PostSubject: Re: Salmon's Platymeris biguttatus journal   2/9/2017, 9:48 pm

Nice series of photo`s and explanations of this species Salmon, I really enjoyed it
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PostSubject: Re: Salmon's Platymeris biguttatus journal   2/12/2017, 11:02 pm

I believe I've caught the adult ovipositing!



I've been watching for eggs on the surface of the sand, but now I realize that there must be more buried underneath. Fingers crossed that they're fertile, but I won't know for at least a month...
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PostSubject: Re: Salmon's Platymeris biguttatus journal   2/13/2017, 9:14 am

Good luck. Hopefully them eggs are fertile. If I had to guess there is a good chance they are. You have only had them a short time, and if it is already laying eggs, their is a fair chance it mated before it was shipped to you.
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PostSubject: Re: Salmon's Platymeris biguttatus journal   2/13/2017, 3:01 pm

Found 3 eggs so far:

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PostSubject: Re: Salmon's Platymeris biguttatus journal   2/14/2017, 1:09 pm

Them are unique looking. Only two of them though? Keep an eye on her as she may lay some more in a different location.
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PostSubject: Re: Salmon's Platymeris biguttatus journal   2/14/2017, 3:42 pm

They don't lay eggs in batches, they just constantly lay one or two eggs every day or so. The egg count is up to 5 now.
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PostSubject: Re: Salmon's Platymeris biguttatus journal   2/15/2017, 4:02 pm

No doubt a good start.
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PostSubject: Re: Salmon's Platymeris biguttatus journal   2/25/2017, 1:19 am

Unfortunately, two of the eggs are dead. Their "lids" popped off after a few days and they grew mold. It's possible that they spent to much time buried under the sand in the adult's enclosure and the heat mat cooked them. I've since added a bowl of moist soil to encourage her to oviposit in one spot.

She's since laid 5 more eggs, bringing the amount of apparently healthy eggs up to 8.
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PostSubject: Re: Salmon's Platymeris biguttatus journal   3/8/2017, 6:37 pm

Found this in one of the nymph's enclosures this morning!



It's a male.
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PostSubject: Re: Salmon's Platymeris biguttatus journal   3/9/2017, 9:41 am

Well, that's good to see. However it is hard to tell by the picture, but is it alive?
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PostSubject: Re: Salmon's Platymeris biguttatus journal   3/9/2017, 11:36 am

He's very much alive! Also, turns out its a male.

Strangely, his antennae are still white and show no signs of darkening.

Once his exoskeleton hardened I introduced him to the female. He walked up to her and they started touching antennae for about a minute, then she took a single step forward and he scrambled away with lightning speed and crawled up the glass. Fortunately they seem to be getting along better now.
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