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  1. Last night, one of my adult female Polyphaga saussurei roaches surprised me with her effort to climb the temperature sensor hanging in the enclosure. As I mentioned previously, my adult saussurei roaches are, let's say... restless. It's the same every evening, a few hours after the lights go out (except the red lights). What I had not expected, was how 'motivated' this roach was to climb to a higher spot. My hypothesis at the moment is that these roaches try to find a higher spot (be it a trunk or a rock) to sit on and be found by a male. I'm pretty sure there is more than meets the eye: pheromones most likely (love is in the air?). The sub-adults stay hidden all the time, but this one... I could even touch her and it took some probing for her to release and burrow again in the substrate (to reappear half an hour later). I changed the wire configuration to thwart the next attempt (the enclosure does not have a lid, as I did not expect such action from these 'non-climbers'). Anyone else got such bold Polyphaga roaches?
  2. Or perhaps have the agar soak for a few hours before boiling? Of boil it and reboil it a second time (in the microwave)? But there is agar and agar, at least I found that with one brand I need to add substantially more than the other. You mileage may vary...
  3. Very nice species! I'll put them on my wish list
  4. You got me thinking about this... Next time I will make some agar cubes with plain water and instead of storing them in water with banana aroma, I'll store them in water with a bit of fruit juice. I'll see how that works.
  5. @WarrenBLikely it will mold after a while, depending how much sugar there is. Also keep in mind that if the pH is low due to the fruit, the agar solidifies less well. But of course, one can add a tiny bit of fruit to 'flavor' the gel. Let us know how it goes!
  6. @Hisserdude: Did your adults became restless in the period before producing an ootheca? My adults females seem to 'wait' above ground for a male to arrive... Btw great pictures!
  7. Since a few months I have a bin with wild caught Ectobius sylvestris roaches. I had a number of males (+-4) and a few females (+-6). When I caught them, they were still nymphs, but soon became adults. The males only lasted a few weeks as adult, while the females still do well. I'm not sure what that means. Do the males live shorter, yet still fertilize the females? I guess I'll find out. I still don't have the feeling that I master the keeping of these roaches well. I consider it a challenge... Suggestions and comments are very welcome! Below: female Ectobius sylvestris eating a bit of fish food flakes.
  8. I wanted to share this one with you all:
  9. Does anyone else use agar gel instead of water crystals to water their roaches? This is what I do: I make a 1% agar gel. I mix the agar with water and boil it. Next I poor it into a plastic box and let it cool. After that I cut it in small blocks and put them in a container with water. To the water I add a very small amount of isoamyl acetate (an aroma that is natural in bananas) to attract the roaches. I add about one drop in 4 gallons of water. It gives the agar cubes just a feint smell of banana. I keep the agar cubes in the refrigerator. There I can keep them for months without any mold showing up. Also when I add them to the roach bins, it never molds. So for me this works very well. And I like the idea that agar is a natural substance in contrast to the water crystals. My Dipteretrum hanstroemi, Eupolyphaga sinensis and Archimandrita tesselata roaches readily eat it. The polyphaga species here rather neglect it. In the latter case, the cubes just dry and shrink. Anyone else?
  10. They do fine without light. You can use red light if you want to see them (they hardly see red light, if they see it at all). I keep my roaches under red light in the evening, so I can enjoy them doing whatever roaches do.
  11. It would be nice if we could see the pictures without needing an account on Avianavenue.... Can't you upload them here?
  12. This is why I keep my roaches under red led light at night. I allows me to see them, while they do not see me or the light. I can even touch them (which startles them). I also use a red head light to watch critters in the garden at night.
  13. I know it has been a long time since you posted this, but i do wonder: do you still have them? How did you manage these mites?
  14. Indeed, you won't see them often while they are nymphs. But I do see the soil shifting from day to day. Also I have a camera on them that registers movements (in this case moving soil that is). They exhibit quite some activity below the surface. They are quite low maintenance...
  15. Yes, provide a moist lower layer and a dry top layer. They often will remain in the zone between them. They do indeed eat mostly dead leaves and a bit of protein rich food like fish flakes. Mine haven't eaten fruit nor vegetables yet. They are fairly active, but mostly within the substrate. I haven't manages yet to 'smell' something when handling them. Perhaps I'm too gentle