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PostPosted: Wed Jul 02, 2014 10:46 am 
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Putting this one out there for comparison. I've got P. Forcipatus ova hatching after just 8 weeks and wondered if this was unusual? Had a nymph in the box yesterday and originally thought I must have just got an egg from a bought-in batch mixed up with my own, as the bought-in batch were set in Feb, so would be around hatching and were placed in a different box, but.......have another 4 nymphs in there this morning. Now convinced these are from my own adults and set 8 weeks ago, tops. Incubator is set at 24c, but has been running hotter than that because of ambient temp of house, more like 26-28 and the 'stat rarely kicks in at all. Higher temp speeded up the hatch? Aware of the possibility of nymph exhaustion through accelerated hatching, but these are good, vigerous, heathy nymphs. Everything else in there is following normal hatch times so far. Just this species that seem to have hatched earlier than expected.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 02, 2014 11:36 am 
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Seems to be absolutely no problem at all with the nymphs.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 02, 2014 4:25 pm 
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I guess 2 months incubation time was fairly short since their usual incubation time is 3-4 months for the majority of ova laid. However, I wouldn't say it's unusual as there will always be some which hatch a month or more earlier and ones that hatch way long after the first hatches. (Eg, 6 months to a year)

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