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    I dug out my Polyphaga saussurei collection, to see how many I have at the moment. 3 Adults and many nymphs. And while they were together, I noticed them moving almost synchronous:
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    Good morning everyone. ๐Ÿ˜› I've decided to start up a photo thread on my cockroach collection in its entirety here after finally learning how to easily share pictures thanks to the one and only, @Hisserdude. I'll go ahead and get things rolling with the current crowning jewel of my collection, my smallish nymph pair of Rhinoceros Roaches, Macropanesthia rhinoceros. Macropanesthia rhinoceros Smallish Male Nymph Smallish female nymph Smallish nymph pair
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    This photo thread won't be nearly as prolific as the one by the same name on the mantidforum since roaches are about 75% of what I keep at the moment, but nonetheless, it should be a fun, little place. Let's begin with my most miniscule and possibly most otherworldly beetle species, your favorite pest, Mezium affine. Mezium affine Adults
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    Well good luck man, hopefully those giant Panchlora will start exploding for you soon! Perhaps just try offering less leaf litter, I don't think Panchlora nymphs absolutely need it, but most isopods breed much less without them.
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    Well hopefully that's the case, maybe come Spring they'll start growing and breeding faster for you! I'd just be sure to keep the isopod population in your Panchlora cage relatively small, as not only are they not needed in a Panchlora enclosure, but over time they may cause some harm to them.
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    Thanks for all of your responses. I went through my bins to get a better look. Seems like it's not as bad as I thought. Still finding the roaches, they may just be slow to grow/reproduce and I'm expecting more than i should. They're in pretty large bins relative to their sizes as well. There is tons of isopods(porcellio dilatatus), but with all the space/substrate hopefully they don't bother the roaches too much. When it warms up I might redo a bunch of my bins and clear out some isopods. Would be really cool to have a thriving colony of giant banana roaches.
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    Thanks Hisser, it looks like I will use the microwave first and freeze it after to make really sure
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    @MarlonDark mealworm coloration, uncanny resemblance to molitor adults (striated elytra, somewhat elongated shape, ridged round pronotum with pointy edges), and ability to survive in dry grains are all traits consistent with Tenebrio obscurus. I do not know any other darkling with this exact trait combination so obscurus seems very probable. @Hisserdude, can you confirm or deny my ID?
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    Hmm, the synchronized movement is interesting, but I do like my bugs to be a bit more active. Your wife should be happy the females get a chance to wait. So many females of various species never get a male-free moment. Waiting and longing is romantic! I imagine the poor lonely roaches singing Disney-style songs while waiting for their knight in chitin armor. And then she finally meets the one!
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    Yes, they are indeed. Although males do exist, but they aren't available in the hobby (yet). They are quite slow in reproducing. The cycle from nymph to nymph takes 3 year here. I started with 7, lost 3 adults along the way, and now I have around 70 nymphs (besides the remaining 4 adults). They are a rather boring species. I estimate (from camera movement detection) that they move on average 20 minutes/week. Only in the mating season they become truly active. The females then start wandering around at night, trying to climb on whatever there is available and then wait for, I assume, a male to fly by. My wife thinks it's a bit sad, all those waiting and longing female roaches waiting for their prince ...
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    Kick-off the new year with some Thai earth-spawn! ๐Ÿ˜› Pycnoscelus sp. "Thailand" Mixed-size nymphs Recently-molted adult female Adult female
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    Hmm, those Panchlora should be pretty fast growing and breeding, they typically only breed slowly when stressed out IME... Panchlora is a very fragile genus, and I'd never recommend any cleaner crews for them besides springtails. Gyna lurida take a while to build up in numbers in my experience, despite having huge litters, and E.javanica can both be picky about breeding conditions, and be slow breeding even in a good setup, so I don't think the isopods are the main contributors to their slow colony growth, (depends on just how many are in there though, what species of isopod, etc...).
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    Good idea, and technically you could just move all the roaches to an isopod free enclosure, if you wanted them gone completely. You might just have some slow breeding roaches though, many live bearers are!
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    Could be that the isopods are competing with your roaches for food, causing slower growth and breeding, possibly eating ooths, etc., could also just be that you are working with slow growing roaches though. I'd keep an eye on those colonies, and closely monitor the isopod to roach ratio...
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    Completely normal Indiscriminate copulation is common in insects; Cotinis mutabilis males will even attempt to inseminate fingers There is a chance that the other males may become stressed by excessive copulation attempts though; if this seems to be the case then just isolate the troublesome male or give it a female
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    Good to hear from you, albeit it in an unexpected way! I really do like your song! It's quite an unusual method to educate people on the subject of name revisions If there a new species to be described, can they contact you for a musical version? In any case, I shared it on my facebook page. Thanks Hisserdude!
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    Yeah, springtails are definitely the safest, everything else can be pretty iffy. Isopods will stress out and outcompete some roach species, so definitely keep an eye on any roach colonies with isopods in them too!
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    Springtails won't bother eggs of pretty much any invertebrate, however several isopod species have been known to eat roach ooths, I wouldn't put it past them to eat Phasmid eggs if they get the opportunity.
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    I've kept phasmids (Neohirasea maerens) in a bioactive setup with isopods (just a common woodlouse species I picked up from the local woods, I am not sure of species) and they were fine, as far as I'm aware the isopods didn't eat the phasmid eggs and the substrate was certainly kept cleaner. However I went back to using kitchen roll in the end for the simple reason that having a bioactive substrate makes it difficult to collect the eggs. I just left them where they were, in the end way too many of the eggs hatched and I ended up with far too many sticks (over 450!). I think some who use bioactive setups freeze the substrate periodically to ensure that not all the eggs hatch but unless you're prepared to sift through to pick out all the woodlice first then they get frozen too, and I wasn't prepared to kill them just for the sake of controlling the stick insect population. So now almost all of my phasmids are kept on kitchen roll and for those which just drop their eggs to the ground (most species) it makes it far easier to collect the eggs and freeze them early on (when I don't have such a bad conscience about it!) which means I can keep the population under control better. The one exception is that I have a small number of Dares phillippinensis nymphs which need high humidity and which are reckoned to do much better on damp coir or similar (with or without isopods / springtails) than kitchen paper. I don't currently have any woodlice or springtails in the cage and intend to change the substrate fairly regularly so it doesn't get fouled up. The main reason I'm happy with this setup is they are very slow growing and only lay eggs very slowly which means I can move them to another container and sift out the eggs relatively easily (or I hope so - none of them are yet mature!).
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    Hisser nymphs can be almost impossible to tell apart, and adults of some "Princisia" and Gromphadorhina strains are difficult to tell apart as well, seeing as many commonly sold strains of both are actually hybrids between the two... Additionally, "Princisia" may not be a valid genus in the first place, so even under a microscope you probably couldn't tell their nymphs apart from Gromphadorhina.
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    I clean dubias once a year, keep it dry. On a heat pad most of the time keeps it dry. No substrate. Put food on a disposable plate (piece of plastic, a lid, whatever) in case it goes bad. I keep one superworm in right now to cleanup what I miss.
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    With dryness-proof beetles like darklings and some carabids, I serve their food on "dishes" to avoid dirtying the floor. The rest of the cage has no moisture, discouraging mold. Unlike many beetles, a number of roaches tend to be more dessication-prone (is this true for Dubias?). Maybe putting food dishes at a dry area and making a wet corner will prove useful. Beware, roaches can carry small food items w mouth, so make sure the food is heavy
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    If you keep adults below 72F you'll probably never see a nymph but they can grow at cooler temps. Like Blaberus giganteus, some adults die within a day of molting. It is one of the best species! Good luck.
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    A few observations based on my experience with Death's Head Roaches. They do not tolerate high temps like Dubias, I keep mine at around 80 degrees, although it does go up to the mid 80s in the heat of the summer. They also need a little more humidity than Dubias, but not as much as Peppered Roaches. After years of keeping them, they seem to have the uncanny knack of eating primarily orange foods - oranges, carrots, butternut squash, etc. when given the choice. They also do not seem to be inclined to eat higher protein foods when given the choice. I currently have 3 allegedly distinct strains and for the life of me, I cannot tell them apart and their behavior seems to be identical.
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    Happy Halloween! After my son scooped out a pumpkin he was carving, I fed some of it to a terrerium full of detritivores (roaches and isopods), and a small piece fell into the web of an invading Pholcus phalangioides. Not only did the cellar spider start eating the pumpkin, but it wrapped it in web, and is still eating in over 30 minutes later.