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  1. Thanks! That explains a lot! The adults last year were indeed short lived. The nymphs I had, overwintered without growing much. I suspect these will soon become adults. Now the big question will be: Does Ectobius silvestris roaches have a one or a two year life cycle? Deducing from the google link/article compared to my observations, I guess it will be two years. As the nymphs did overwinter well here (I kept them cool during winter). This will imply that my nymphs will mature soon, live for about 5 months months and then my enclosure will be empty until (only ootheca) for a year I guess I need to catch a second generation in fall to have these roaches on display the whole year round. Adapting the figure from the article, it will give me this:
  2. It has been a bumpy road with these fellows. No ootheca last year (2017). Somehow I did not manage to find the right conditions and food. I believe I kept them too moist at first. I tried feeding powdered fish food, honey, fruits, vegetables, yeast, powdered oak leaves etc. But it hasn't been clear to me what they like to eat. And so the colony dwindled... With fall nearing I caught some more nymphs to supplement the lost roaches. After that I added more forest substrate and crushed leaves and kept the enclosure substantial dryer. As result no more losses. On the food front I decided to try something else: bee pollen. That stuff arrived today. I crushed the pollen pellets to powder and put that in the enclosure. Low and behold, they started eating the stuff. While it's still early on in this experiment, at least my hopes have raised that I might one day be able to get a thriving colony of this (local) species (keeping my fingers crossed)!
  3. Do you have access to full article?
  4. Hopefully they do get a foothold into the US roach hobby. So far mine seem to grow fast. Which makes me happy.
  5. Pseudoglomerus... Well the name makes sense: Now trying to get a copy of that article....
  6. The cool thing is that there are day-active... Aren't they in the US?
  7. And I just got used to 'Corydidarum' ... Where did you get that info?
  8. I got them from Nicolas Rousseaux (also member here on the forum). He lives quiet close to where I live. I don't know where he got them from. I assume from someone from Germany. And they are indeed beautiful!
  9. I just read on, that Kyle is getting things back in order. That's good news, especially for Kyle himself! I didn't know what had happened last year, but knowing know after reading his message, it has been quite a lot. Well, I wish Kyle all the best (and perhaps we should not swarm him with roach orders )! Kyle: if you happen to read this: Take you time, and I wish you all the best!
  10. well, I can only talk about Archimandrita tesselata, as those are the ones I have from your list. Archimandrita tesselata is great roach. They cannot climb and flying is rather: fluttering while dropping down. So no escape from a bin without a lid. The nymphs stay burrowed most of the time, but the adults stay on top of the substrate. In the evening, there is often quite some activity as the males court the females and try to subdue the other males. The male which manages to hold the highest ground in the bin is 'king of the hill'. But then again, each species has it's own merits. I can hardly decide which roach is my favorite.... Perhaps you'll end up with three more species
  11. I use led light strips that I can dim, as well as change the color. During the day I provide them with white light, but not very bright. In the evening and night I switch to red light. The latter is interesting, as roaches hardly perceive red light, and a such act like it's dark, while I can still see and observe them. Downside with led lights: they don't provide any useful heat, so I have to use heating pad (preferably at the back if the enclosure).
  12. It's an all metal lid. I think I haven't looked very well when I put them in de cage. Probably in my excitement I overlooked one.... Well, it's back were it should be (and stay) Ah, so I can make a funky 70's glitter costume after a while
  13. Today I found a Corydidarum roach walking on my son! I must admit that I was a bit flabbergasted... I still do not understand how it came to walk there. How did it escape? I can only reason that it must have escaped before I put them in their enclosure. I checked for holes larger than 1 mm, but found none. And the silicon grease barrier it intact. So far I haven't any seen walking over that grease layer. None the less I dismantled their habitat so check and count them all. I could find 9 out of 10, but it could very well be that one escaped my sight and remained hidden (I did not toss up the substrate). Next I thought I saw a deceased one... My heart missed a beat, but it turned out to be a shed skin. Breathing calmly again! Even their skins are beautiful, so I wanted to share a picture:
  14. I've made a time lapse of their activity. It's rather low quality, but one can see how they move around (albeit at 125x their actual speed).
  15. Artificial pollen? I looked it how to make it yourself. I might give it a try. Thanks for the suggestion! I believe the moisture should be ok. There are dry and moist parts in the terrarium they're in. They mostly reside in the somewhat drier parts. Their wandering around isn't in a restless way. Rather they take their time. Nibble here and there, wait, walk and get back into hiding.