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All my 'sins, come to haunt me

 
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cacoseraph
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PostPosted: Wed May 19, 2010 11:24 am    Post subject: All my 'sins, come to haunt me  Reply with quote

i recently caught two Apiomerus sp. Bee assassins.  I have killed a couple before, but these two are doing much better. I am hoping to get eggs out of at least one, but do not know how to sex them, yet =P




So far i have found that my adult Apiomerus will take dead bees and live flies and small beetles.  I wish they would take dead crickets, though.

Both my sins poked a hole in a lady bug larva, but neither wanted to eat it.



My assassin album on photobucket : http://s21.photobucket.com/albums/b287/cacoseraph/insect/bug/assassin/

tasting the ladybug larva





http://i21.photobucket.com/albums...sin/AssassinVsLadybugLarva03b.jpg




sin eating an already dead bee

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums...assassin/BeeAssassinAtWork01b.jpg


http://i21.photobucket.com/albums...assassin/BeeAssassinAtWork02b.jpg






eating a beetle it killed for itself

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums...bug/assassin/SinEatsBeetle01b.jpg


http://i21.photobucket.com/albums...bug/assassin/SinEatsBeetle02b.jpg
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PostPosted: Wed May 19, 2010 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

clones

http://sfbats.myfreeforum.org/about2759.html
http://www.insectgeeks.com/forums...080/All-my-sins-come-to-haunt-me/
http://arachnophiles.myfreeforum.org/viewtopic.php?f=43&t=7940
http://www.calris.org/forums/thre...?tid=3249&posts=2&start=1
http://www.venomlist.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=27146
http://www.arachnoboards.com/ab/showthread.php?t=181126
http://www.arachnofreaks.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=6413&PN=1
http://atshq.org/boards/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=25479


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 19, 2010 8:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i recently got some Reduvius personatus nymphs and they are doing pretty good.  the largest nymph molted for me and now appears to be one instar shy of maturity.  Rpers are known as masked hunters becaue the nymphs are covered with setae and secrete a sticky solution that allows them to adhere all manner of little bits to themselves

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masked_hunter


hi-res http://i21.photobucket.com/albums...Reduvius/personatus/DSCN3716b.jpg



hi-res http://i21.photobucket.com/albums...Reduvius/personatus/DSCN3727b.jpg

you can see their camo trick in action, here

hi-res http://i21.photobucket.com/albums...Reduvius/personatus/DSCN3744b.jpg


this is the near adult

hi-res http://i21.photobucket.com/albums...Reduvius/personatus/DSCN3750b.jpg


this nymph is eating a bean beetle

hi-res http://i21.photobucket.com/albums...Reduvius/personatus/DSCN3767b.jpg








i also saw a cool looking Zelus sp. nymph in a park
click on the pics to see a larger version





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PostPosted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Silly bugs!  (Camoflaged with debris).

Very cool, Caco!
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 7:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Which of these (if any) do you have in culture now? As you know Caco, I am currently working with Zelus renardii. and I wish I had kept some of the unknown nymphs I found earlier this year they were jet black and Bright orange and I kick myself for not keeping some and given them a try...
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 9:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i recently failed at Apiomerus again.  i got like 12 sad eggs out of one female but they molded almost instantly and never really looked quite right

aside from the personatus i don't have anything else.  i don't really go to the right places and hunt the right way to find lots.

there are like three or four kinds of locals that i really want to get in culture

- any Phymatidae Jagged ambush bugs http://www.google.com/images?q=Ph...p;tab=wi&biw=1024&bih=655
- Emesaya brevipennis, a damned assassin that looks like a ~3" long walking stick when full grown http://www.google.com/images?um=1...qi=&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=

and local to USA (even though technically the personatus ccme from Europe, apparently) but not CA

- Arilus cristatus Wheel bugs http://www.google.com/images?um=1...&oq=arilus+crist&gs_rfai=
- Apiomerus flaviventris http://www.google.com/images?um=1...qi=&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=

the ambush bugs are tiny (like .75-1.0cm long), but wicked looking




and i sure wouldn't mind giving Pselliopus a crack http://www.uky.edu/Ag/CritterFile.../assassin/assassin.htm#pselliopus
beetlejuice legs and spiky bodies? oh, i think so!  and adults get to be 1" in some species... that's pretty not bad

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