crepsis Posted October 22, 2007 Share Posted October 22, 2007 So, after seeing several pictures of B. craniifer, I've come up with a question that I hope someone can answer either definitively or through experience (I'm betting Orin has an answer for me!). I've noticed that the pronotum design varies from picture to picture, namely the shape of the "mouth" and "teeth" of the "face" on the pronotum. Other things that seem to vary a bit are the clear patches on the upper part of the wings (placement and size and outline shape), the width of the "nose" and "eyes", and their placement in relation to the mouth (but only slightly different in some pictures). My question is this: Do individuals in a colony tend to show this variation, or are each of the individual's pronotum design basically homogenized throughout a culture? Or, since most of the pictures that I have seen most likely come from the same original source of B. craniifer, if a colony only displays a similar design on each individual, does the design on a population's pronotums slowly change (I guess through genetic drift) as the colony/culture ages? Any thoughts on this would be appreciated. I've just sent away for some B. craniifer nymphs, and I'm curious as to what to expect when my colony starts to take off. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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