1/26/2023: Another charming Ceuthophilus
I have a generalized obsession with hemimetabolic insects, greatly subsidized by the ease of culture and diversity of cockroach species. Orthopterans have long been on my radar as well and the number of species I’ve managed to propagate will catch many off guard once they’re added to the website.
Cave crickets, family Rhaphidophoridae, offer the generalized Orthopteran body shape without the pains of strictly herbivorous diets or particular ventilation needs, thus increasing their appeal to me. I hope to one day keep most of the species in the United States, which is a relatively staggering number.
The most recent acquisition is Ceuthophilus californianus, a California endemic species that seems to do well in anthropogenic environments. Though I haven’t produced any nymphs yet, I suspect it may not be long as the seemingly closely related chiricahuae has cultured extremely easily for me.