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  2. One of the many reasons that genetic charting is important for species identification. Again, going back to the US black winged Blaberus craniifer vs the European brown winged Blaberus craniifer. The original specimen in the books shows brown wings but it's unknown if that specimen has the same genetic makeup as the black winged versions found native in the Florida Keys and the Caribbean. Most folks in the hobby view them as two distinct species with the black winged being the true phenotype while the brown winged is a close relative (possibly a natural hybrid) but a different species. The hairs on the elytra are where most of the confusion stems from. It's possible they are the same species but just different color morphs that naturally occurred, similar to the random yellow Gyna lurida or black Periplaneta americana. Again, roaches are horribly under studied.
  3. It is quite interesting; I would think a geneticist would be able to spew all kinds of interesting facts about the subject that I wouldn't understand. People are theorizing that the bedbug explosion is in-part due to the ability to inbreed. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/12/111206115049.htm Found an old post where Matt K makes some assertions I have breeding rabbits for about a while. Inbreeding, or a lesser severity of inbreeding, called line breeding, has been happening with domestic animals for hundreds or even thousands of years. On the surface it doesn't seem to be as bad as I was lead to believe when I was younger. Even with wild rabbits and other animals, father-daughter breeding has quite common for probably millions of years. Now, if you try to graph the inbreeding, assuming an inbreeding coefficient of 1 is brother - sister, studies showed that within 8 to 10 generations of mice the bottleneck was dropping fertility. Note that brother and sister, while they share many genes, are still getting a different mix of the parent's genes so it takes multiple generations of brother-sister to approach a homozygous population. I think this is probably not happening a lot in multiple consecutive generations in our roach buckets so there is still a pool and some competition within the buckets, perhaps not a very diverse one but there is still some variability. And according to many opinions, I guess it may not matter much even if it did.
  4. Thank you guys for the reply. I think for now I'll still keep 3 separate containers. 2 for 2 different breeders and one with a few feeders so I dont have to bug my main 2 containers as much. 1st set I started with around 300 very small nymphs, a hand full which are now pushing 1inch 2nd set I'm getting is a mix of 1inch to sub adults(dont know if you use that term with roaches). That way if one of them seems weaker then the other or I have a problem with one I still hopefully have a healthy container. Then my little shoe box of around 20-30 nymphs for feeding off, as to not bug the main colonies much. Not sure if I really have to worry about that or not. I just read you can stress them out if you bug them to much. Either way I still like the shoe box as it makes it easier to pick a few out be it for holding or feeding. Thank you. Being as there entertaining for us but also a food source for my other pets it shouldn't be to hard to cull the colony but knowing me I'll end up liking the odd balls and have to set a new home up for them to live as just pets. I guess in a few months I may get to see some of those little differences myself. My 1st set is from New Mexico, My 2nd set is from California and I've really been thinking of getting a set from Texas and locally. So I may like going over bored. Start with 1 type and want as many different colonies as I can get as well as wanting to go out and get about 10 different kinds(B.fusca, T.petivriana and/or T.regularis, G.centurio, N.rhombifolia, A.tesselata to name a few.) Maybe should ask about some options on some of them later. Interesting. I really would have thought it would have affected them in some way like over years and years make them weaker or smaller/big as they get the trait over and over from the family. I know with fish it doesn't really work like mammals but after some time if you breed a family they do seem to get weaker(possibly shorter life or birth defects) as well as making and undesirable traits more pronounced. I really do want healthy happy roaches not just roaches that live long/breed fast enough to use as a food source for my Ts.
  5. Sorry to revive this older topic again, but I got good news! Today one of my other female nymphs molted into adulthood without problems I was afraid I had to little vertical climbing space in their box (which they never seem to use that much anyway and rather molt hidden away), but now my mind's at ease!
  6. It’s actually interesting to think about. I have been in pest control for 17 years, and it seems the typical infestation only begins with one female.There was a 16 floor building in Louisville infested horribly with bedbugs (I know not roaches but insects so point remains). U.K. Entomologist department DNA tested them and determined they all came from a single ancestor. So it would appear insects do not suffer from inbreeding in the same way as vertebrates.
  7. When you start a colony of thousands from 2 individuals and there are no weird issues you've gotta assume inbreeding doesn't really affect them. That being said I have noticed that not all breeders have the same sized stock. Not that they are unrelated but that their specific strain may have been primarily smaller/larger/lighter/darker. So if you're looking for certain traits it may be worthwhile getting several strains regardless if they are related from the initial imports. As for sizes to add, not sure, adults probably for the fastest results.
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  9. Yeah, the females are SO picky, but my males are all doing amazing still... I'll probably be getting more females from Alan this spring, will be sure not to keep them with males for too long, and will be sure to keep them very well ventilated.
  10. Exactly, they aren't as robust as the hype portrays them. I've never seen them up north. I doubt the Australian roaches could even survive long term outside their cages in more northern states, unless there were mitigating circumstances, like a greenhouse or many potted plants for example... @All About Insects You will be fine, unless you deliberately try to assist them outside their cages lol.
  11. Sorry to hear that man Sounds like they really are a picky species. Even though it sucks it still provides some good info everyone can use in the future with this species.
  12. Those are indeed mites. Let the enclosure dry out a bit and that should knock the numbers back some. That or you can give each enclosure a good cleaning and basically start over. They're always going to be there, it's just trying to manage the numbers so they don't get out of control. You can also try ordering predatory mites and releasing those. Sometimes they just show up though, so it's your call whether you want to buy some or not. Pretty much anything to knock the mites back will be good. It'll give your springtails time to gain ground and hopefully keep them in check. Do you feed your isopods something grain based?
  13. How would this cat food be for my roaches? I'm also feeding them these dry foods mixed up: Y.S. ORGANIC BEE FARMS Bee Pollen, Millville whole grain Honey Nut Crispy Oats, Simply Nature organic Oats & Honey granola, And Cobalt tropical flakes As well as these fresh: tangerines, carrots, collard greens and kale How does all that sound would you add or take anything out? I was thinking of buying some chicken and or bunny food to mix in but not sure so haven't yet. I should add there both pets and feeders for tarantulas. Thank you
  14. They aren't super picky. Adults (especially males) are active at all times, though females tend to come out more after dark. They'll rest wherever they feel comfortable and treat everything as a climbing surface. Eventually you'll want that 5.5 gal when they start really producing lol. I don't know how many hundreds I have in mine anymore and this is after selling half my colony before moving a few months ago.
  15. Beautiful species and good luck with them!
  16. Up north here in Pennsylvania there is commonly only 4 pest species, Periplaneta americana, Blatta orientalis, Blattella germanica and Supella longipalpa. The only one that really lives in homes beyond the odd damp basement or boiler room is Blattella germanica. So other than keeping them there is little concern of infestation. I've kept most of the known Periplaneta species over the part 6 or 7 years and never once felt concerned. I wish I started with them like 10 years ago when I first started keeping roaches. Lol.
  17. Well I really hope you are successful in breeding them, keep us updated! I'm particularly interested to know their specific dietary needs, and any information on getting the oothecae to hatch successfully would be an amazing contribution to the hobby! Oh, so just mealworm pupa would work? I was under the impression they ate more active prey, like flies or other cockroaches. That's really good to know!
  18. Those look nice, however the only Periplaneta species I have any interest in breeding are P.japonica and P.americana "White-Eye x Black". Even those I'm doubtful of keeping though, my mom would go BALLISTIC if we had a roach infestation, that's the one restriction on roaches she's given me, nothing that infests houses. And I wouldn't be too thrilled about an infestation either TBH. To be fair, the chance of getting a Periplaneta infestation in Idaho is probably nonexistent, I've never seen any up here, probably too arid. But I'm not sure it's worth the risk...
  19. This is exactly what keeps me from getting P.australasiae!!! Not *as likely* to infest your house.
  20. It seems like Kyle is AFK. I haven't been able to reach him for weeks, and I hear others longer than that.
  21. Hopefully I'll be able to get them available this summer!
  22. You should get some Periplaneta brunnea! They are pretty and aren't likely to infest your house as much as other Periplanetas!
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  24. I'm trying to contact Kyle to see if he is able to provide Arenivaga species and have then send to Europe. Or perhaps other sources? Or find someone willing to send ootheca to Europe?
  25. WOW!!! Thank you very much for the tips!!! @Hisserdude Ohh... Yes, my personal experience it's been the same, I don't have any Megaloblatta or Nyctibora nimph yet... but several oothecae waiting and waiting . But the good news is I've got Muzoa sp. to hatch :-D So maybe they are not part of the subfamily curse haha... Is very sad to know Paratropes genus does :'( This is fantastic information... I will try it right now :-) Yes... you would not expect them to be predators! They seems to have very weak jaws, something for flower nectar and that stuff haha... I've tried offering raw meat at the beginning and they just ignore it, I've tried this because is really appreciated for my Megaloblatta longipenis. So let's do this...Thank you very much!! I hope the oothecae will hatch some day
  26. I was in pest control for 5 years, there isn't a safe place for pesticides in the building. We sell lots of invertebrates and if one entered a terrarium with -say- a N. chromatus and transfered the insecticide we'd be pretty unhappy. Lol. Glue boards and pitfall traps are the safest options for control. We cannot dry the humid and damp fish room to gain control either. If I find enough I'm sure I will have a booming colony again shortly, lol.
  27. Very nice. I would keep them separate. If only to see if there are any differences between the two stocks. I never understood glue boards in a pet store. Is really worth catching a had full of occasional invaders to risk catching an expensive escapee lizard or snake? They say you can remove them but not before inflicting damage. There are typically safe places to use pesticides in a pet store without causing issues. Employee breakrooms, utility rooms the outside perimeter. There shouldn’t be pets kept in these areas. If you guys have a service with a professional company be aware he could be using cockroach bait. I wish I could find some of those
  28. I work at a small pet store on the weekends and someone mentioned they found a "big roach" on a glue board in the back fish room. I went to check it out and found an adult male Periplaneta americana stuck lightly to the glue. I removed him and an adult female from another, both suffering leg loss from being removed but not worse for it. The nymphs were found under buckets and other things. A total of 4 adults 2.2 and at least 5 nymphs. I'll be going into the back room periodically to collect more and to help remove them from the store as the pest control company is not allowed to use pesticides inside. These are also my first wild caught, non-pesticide ridden Americans. But they will be kept separate from my existing colony for 2 weeks before being introduced into them. (just in case)
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