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PostSubject: New Emp . . .   8/23/2009, 4:40 am

Some local friends were going to a show today and asked if I wanted anything. I shared some emp sexing pics and asked them to keep an eye out for a female for $10 or less.

They brought this $7 beauty home.


Yep, it's definitely a girl!


I estimate her to be around 5" in length:




But wait, what's that I see?


Yup, grain mites! The first time I've ever seen them in person.


I don't want to do the dry ICU tank as she's most likely gravid. I've already moved a few predatory mites over from my other tanks in the hopes that they'll control the grain mites. I can also (hopefully) bring a few predatory mites home from work, though I'm not sure how well leaf-dwelling species will fare in soil.

My hope is that I'll get a brood from her, take care of the mites, and then my three subadult males will mature . . . then I can try for another brood. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: New Emp . . .   8/23/2009, 11:24 am

nice ..........
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PostSubject: Re: New Emp . . .   8/23/2009, 3:48 pm

good luck, hope all goes well
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PostSubject: Re: New Emp . . .   8/23/2009, 9:11 pm

Nice looking scorp, bad luck about the mites, i have loads of pred mites all over my substate and everywhere in with my emps, the locusts seem to bring plenty in, so is good Smile
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PostSubject: Re: New Emp . . .   8/25/2009, 3:07 pm

I tried removing some mites with a Q-tip the other night -- they're stuck on pretty good, but I got a couple off. I also put some vaseline on the ones on her sternum and it looks like they've died . . . I need to remove them and try wiping off a few more.

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PostSubject: Re: New Emp . . .   8/25/2009, 4:15 pm

vaseline does a good job of suffocating the mites. Doesn't take long to kill them

I've had a couple with bad infestations like that and it was sorted within a week

Nice new emp Mike XD
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