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    Hello there friends! πŸ™‚ I use to mix different species (...that apparently could live together β€”similar environmental necessities, non-aggressive behaviour & the most important, no possibilities of hybridisation) This time was Phortioeca phoraspoides & Elliptorhina chopardi... and well, they couldn't be doing better. Actually, I would say that the group of P.phoraspoides living with E.chopardi are doing better than the group with their own cage. Which made me understand finally the better way to keep these very hardy flat-roache's species πŸ˜„ ...keep them dry, ventilated but with a good source of juicy veggies. That was a surprise... because they have some moisture around in their habitat. But wouldn't be the first time that one of my species do better in captivity when kept a little dryer than in their habitat. Cheers! πŸ™‚
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    Many thanks to @Hisserdude, @All About Arthropods, @stanislas, and countless others for making this possible
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    @All About Arthropodssaid to me that the guy left roachworld and no longer sells things in the shop
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    Hello friends!! There are pictures in internet of the genus Capucina that looks a little doubtful... the main difference between Capucina and the rest of Zetoborinae genus is the soft pubescence over their tegmina. Some time ago I've collected some mystery Zetoborinae nymphs that I though was some kind of Lanxoblatta; but surprise!! now I have my first Capucina group πŸ™‚ I'm not sure if C.patula (only species in the genus), but as soon as one adult die I'll check it out. NOTE: Take a look over the right corner of the pronotum in this adult... when they get wet, their pubescence absorbs the moisture and change the colour (...gets darker, like a cloth πŸ˜› ) Enjoy it! πŸ‘»
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    Most likely it contains permethrin. That stuff is quite persistent. I would put it in a washing machine with sodium carbonate instead of detergent and wash it a high temperature. Perhaps that will do, as permethrin hydrolyses under alkaline conditions. Another option is the combination of water and light... but that might take time. Even then, I would be reluctant to use it. Considering the fact that permethrin treated clothing can outlast many washing cycles....
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    Just marking this to keep up with the updates, I'm looking into possibly doing much the same, as I really don't want to take up another container for feeder roaches. Glad to hear it's going well so far. Mostly interested in whether they breed fine.
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    Hemiptera are on top my list then. I am interested in predators due to my roach population. I better research those beetles now. Thanks.
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    According to Bugguide, P. nivea is the only wild US species. The giant Panchlora is not nivea, but an unknown species.
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    @Xenoblatta: Hisserdude has left bug-world for now http://www.roachforum.com/topic/7714-goodbye-for-now/
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    Wow! I'm so sorry @Test Account I have lost insects for those horrible pesticides already... Maybe cleaning with vinegar + sodium bicarbonate diluted in some water? Is what I use to eliminate pesticides in the fruits before offer to my roaches... πŸ™‚
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    I have noticed that the larger the population the better roaches seem to do. I’m wondering if this is what you are seeing in this situation? Sort of have a β€œfoster” colony giving them a jump start.
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    Surinams for months, just a little substrate and dump in whatever food you want. They ate almost everything. But I kept them in a very small enclosure and it went from damp to wet, and I started losing them. Basically keep in semi-damp substrate, not wet, and no more than 50% roaches to substrate should be ok. I moved them when the substrate had turned to mud and I had lost 30%. Moved to a huge container... the gnats invaded. Last check I couldn't find any so I might be looking for more soon. Can't let gnats out... hate those things. Actually I probably still have them in there somewhere... they seemed very resilient. Loved how they ate everything and didn't want to escape.
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    Hyporhicnoda reflexa (Venezuela) female (wingless) and male:
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    Nice! Thank you for that answer. I might just take it out then haha
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    Hello @Arthroverts πŸ˜„ Thanks for your comment! Actually yes πŸ™‚ I keep in several cages a third species.... usually as a cleaning crew, mostly isopods... But as well I keep in a big cage Blaptica dubia + Blaberus discoidalis + Zophobas morio (I usually see B.discoidalis & Z.morio living together in the wild). But if you mean more than two species of cockroaches together, for sure I did it before... but not in this moment :-) If I do it I will post pics πŸ˜„
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    Thank you! I appreciate that response
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    We are now open
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    Awesome! That so cool looking! I like the contrast between the species coloration. Do you ever keep more than two species together? Thanks, Arthroverts
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    Lovely! This is a species I have not yet seen in the wild. I must admit, they are much smaller than I originally thought. Very cute roach.
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    It might not be hot news, but I thought I'd share a new cockroach that I started breeding. Even when it comes to mainstream species, I always prefer to work with wildtypes (meaning strains that originated from known, wild populations) because I feel there is often too much mixing and hybridizing in the arthropod hobby, leading to weaker captive populations. Nymphs of this roach were collected in a small Honduran cave as an unidentified "Blaberus sp.". It appears to be a variety of Blaberus giganteus, with wide black banding and a darker color tone. Adults begin as white individuals but very quickly turn orange. The funny thing is that I never planned to keep B. giganteus. I avoided them due to their bad reputation - low tolerance for crowding and cannibalism. But this strain seems to be ok with it, I still have all the original adults sharing the space with hundreds of nymphs, and while their wings are no longer intact (well, they use them for courtship after all), they are still kicking. They seem to be very hardy.
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    After collecting cockroach activity in my collection for more than a year now, I decided to make some graphs. Each graph is made up of 505056 datapoints (measurement every 10 seconds for 2 months). X-axis: hour of the day Y-Axis: Activity level and light level in the enclosure. Among the most interesting ones are the Therea bernhardti graphs. There you can see how the nymphs are active during the night, in contrast to the day-active adults.
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    Hey guys, it's been a little while since I posted here, I have some somber news to share. I have been dealing with some severe anxiety and depression issues for the past few months, and I kinda broke down a couple weeks ago. This hobby has unfortunately been causing me a lot more stress than happiness lately, possibly because I have too many species. It's also taken up almost all of my available time, and has prevented me from participating in any of my other hobbies or spending quality time with my family. So, after some soul-searching, I have decided to all but leave the hobby. I have gotten rid of almost all my invertebrates, and only plan to keep half a dozen species for now, (might even get rid of those though, time will tell). I will also be very minimally active here on the forums, so this is probably the last you will hear of me for a while. I want to give a huge thank you to everyone who's helped me along the way by supplying me with invertebrates, giving me husbandry info and advice, and those who just gave encouraging words. I will forever be grateful to all of you, and this forum in particular will always hold a very special place in my heart! Sincerely, -Tristan
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