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  2. Hisserdude

    LIttle kenyan roaches as feeders

    Maybe get some Compsodes schwarzi? They are technically US natives, and therefore shouldn't be regulated I don't think, (not that most normal hobbyists bother following these regulations, only those applying for other permits, and the USDA doesn't seem to care too much about Blatticulture ATM), plus they are prolific and even smaller than little Kenyans.
  3. Hisserdude

    Bantua sp. "Namibia"

    Just a little bit lol, though there has actually been at least one study showing individual roaches do have varying personalities and tendencies... πŸ˜… Thanks, I may be down to two species right now, but I think they're two pretty awesome ones! And no problem, I'm happy to help!
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  5. Shon2

    Bantua sp. "Namibia"

    I guess my phrasing did push out a bit more anthropomorphism that I meant it to! πŸ˜‚ At any rate, your collection is amazing. Also, sorry if I'm asking a lot of beginner questions (here or elsewhere), you just seem so knowledgeable and I'd rather ask than wonder.
  6. The Mantis Menagerie

    LIttle kenyan roaches as feeders

    Probably lobsters, bananas, or porcelains
  7. Hisserdude

    Bantua sp. "Namibia"

    Yeeeeaaahh I've never had any roach species that was actually friendly, what you are describing are hungry roaches that are very used to human interactions, and have learned said humans are what feeds them. πŸ˜‚ I've had some species like Deropeltis sp. "Jinka" eat food while being handled, and several have tried taking nibbles out of me, especially when my hands smell like food, those are just calm, bold species and/or individuals that are accustomed to handling... Bantua sp. "Namibia" probably isn't going to be one of those species, while they aren't extremely skittish, their first instincts are definitely to bolt when touched or disturbed. πŸ˜… I did have one female give me a nibble while I was holding her for a bit though.
  8. mantisfan101

    Cryptocercus wrighti

    Man, the nymphs really do look like termites...
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  10. Hisserdude

    Nauphoeta cinerea as feeders

    We could use all the help we can get lol! πŸ˜…
  11. Shon2

    Bantua sp. "Namibia"

    Haha, I meant exactly what I said! Some of the roaches I've helped care for at the Aquarium / the ones I keep myself seem to have little personalities... They come up for food and greet your hands when you lower them into the enclosure. Some will even groom your or eat from your hand instead of just grabbing the food and running. That being said... I don't have much experience with roaches as a whole and I wasn't sure if there were other species that acted like this, or if ours were just oddballs that are too used to people's interactions! πŸ˜‚ Whatever the case, your new species is lovely and maybe they'll learn to calm down for you / any other visitors that might come take a peek.
  12. Yea, good problem. Phorids are disgusting, for me the one and the only way of eliminating them appeared to keep all the colonies in tightly closed boxes, with ventilation windows covered with steel mesh... In open setups they appeared anyway, with or without cleaning. But for removing excess dead protein "cleaners" are really useful... In less dry conditions woodlice work well, sometimes extremely well, especially Trichorhina with Cubaris murina. They eat dead roaches, roach food, prevent mold and somehow clean the substrate from mold etc. In dry enclosures I have several darkling beetles, one of them is, AFAIU, Alphitobius diaperinus, very common lesser brown mealworm, others - unknown, mainly arrived occasionally from Asia with plant material. They're quite useful, too, eating dead roaches and food leftovers. And they don't touch eggsacs, but are quite capable of attacking molting roaches, especially when it's really dry in the setup.
  13. mantisfan101

    Nauphoeta cinerea as feeders

    NIce, I was just going to ask why red runners weren't deregulated! Also, how big are hatchling red runners? Are they like 3-4 mm long?
  14. mantisfan101

    LIttle kenyan roaches as feeders

    Ah, didn't see that. Also, do you know which of the roaches that were deregulated would be able to provide the smallest nymphs? I'm kind of tired of using fruit flies and I want something small enough to be able to feed my wolf spider slings and baby L1 mantids(Texas Unicorn).
  15. The Mantis Menagerie

    Nauphoeta cinerea as feeders

    I don’t consider myself anywhere near a roach expert, but maybe I should help curate. I have already become top identifier in some random taxa.
  16. Hisserdude

    Bantua sp. "Namibia"

    Thanks, me too, definitely one of the more unique species to enter the hobby in a while. I don't know exactly what you mean by "friendly" lol, if you mean to ask if they are calm, then not especially, they usually scurry away pretty quickly when disturbed. Thanks, hoping for babies here pretty soon! πŸ˜„
  17. Hisserdude

    Nauphoeta cinerea as feeders

    Maybe with other taxon they are, but the Blattodean section there is barely managed, and had become a cesspool of misidentifications, (which I've been trying to correct), since there are only one or two roach experts that are on semi-regularly... πŸ˜…
  18. Just curious / wanted to ask Not sure if the poll feature is working for me, I will edit this post or delete the thread if it's not working / taking up space for you guys.
  19. Shon2

    Bantua sp. "Namibia"

    Very, VERY beautiful, I love that unique, waxy look they have. Are they friendly? I can't wait to see how they grow and develop over time.
  20. The Mantis Menagerie

    LIttle kenyan roaches as feeders

    These roaches are still regulated, and lobsters will provide plenty of small nymphs.
  21. The Mantis Menagerie

    Nauphoeta cinerea as feeders

    I had thought iNaturalist was reliable, at least with the basics.
  22. Hisserdude

    Nauphoeta cinerea as feeders

    I've had to report several roach taxon for being in the wrong place on INat, or for being synonyms, (most of which the admins have fixed now), so I'd be wary of using INat as a definitive source of taxonomy info... Then again, the CSF is getting a little behind on some of the more recent papers, so it's not entirely accurate yet either.
  23. Definitely springtails, not harmful at all and actually quite beneficial.
  24. The Mantis Menagerie

    Nauphoeta cinerea as feeders

    I did notice something weird on iNaturalist’s taxonomy. B. lateralis was mentioned within genus Paratropes.
  25. True, can't hurt anything that's for sure, and will hopefully help prevent isopods from nibbling on the roaches themselves... I was just saying that most isopod colonies themselves don't NEED the stuff, so long as they are given other supplemental foods regularly, speaking from personal experience. Most springtails don't bother roaches, but tropical pinks, (Sinella curviseta) have been well documented stressing out various roaches species in large numbers, and while they certainly outcompete and eradicate a lot of pests like grain mites, they can easily become pests in their own right, stressing out roaches with constant tactile contact... So I'd stay away from those in particular, most other springtails are fine for roaches.
  26. Hisserdude

    Nauphoeta cinerea as feeders

    Well if that was a bit of a mistake on their part, I hope they don't undo it, because if we ever do get Paratropes lateralis in the hobby, it'd be cool to be able to say we can keep them legally... πŸ˜„
  27. The Mantis Menagerie

    Nauphoeta cinerea as feeders

    Guess I will be bugging my USDA entomology contact again tomorrow. This is like the third time this week!
  28. Hisserdude

    Nauphoeta cinerea as feeders

    That's really weird, because Paratropes lateralis is an actual Paratropes species too, so did they inadvertently just make a Paratropes species legal to own? πŸ˜…
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