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    Mating initiation

    Hello, long time no see (as I was and still am studying for several biology exams) I was wondering about how the mating process is initiated in roaches. Shortly before I got my A. tesselatas, a year ago, I read the female signals the males her readiness for mating. But more often than not I see the males dancing for the ladies (which looks hilarious, btw) and the ladies just not caring or even fleeing in a panic from them. So... is it actually the females actively attracting males with pheromones etc. or is it more of a passive phenomenon the males pick up on (wether the females want to mate or not)? Maybe it depends on the species? Thank you in advance
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    Mating initiation

    Thank you so much! The link is a really good read :)
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    Wiggling abdomen after molt

    (Sorry for the late reply, I was in the middle of studying for my microbiology exam) Yeah, I think that's what it was. He's still alive and active (considering he didn't pop out of his skin flawlessly and has crippled wings as well as one misshaped tibia). Though I don't wanna put him in with the other males because they would probably bully him hard and I also want to keep an eye on him eating enough.
  4. Hey guys One of my male A. tesselata nymphs molted into adulthood yesterday. Sadly one of his wings got caught up in the old skin and tore mostly off. I've set him up in a small bin so he can hopefully recover in peace, but I noticed he wiggles his abdomen up and down when I carefully move the oak leaves to check up on him (like a slow wiggle, not erratic shaking). I am unsure if this might be a bad sign of him taking more damage than just a lost wing during the molt :/ Thanks for your help
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    Favorite species?

    I gotta go with Archmandrita tesselata They are the first species I kept (and am still keeping), and thus hold a very special place in my heart. I love how relaxed they are when being handeld and how each of them has a individual pattern on their wings (and their neck-shield, which I forgot the name of...)!
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    Wiggling abdomen after molt

    Update: When I checked up on him today, he didn't wiggle his butt anymore. He was mobile and active in trying to hide away. So I guess he was actually trying to get a feeling for his new, bigger body (I mean... I don't know for sure the other males didn't wiggle as well after molting into adulthood, since they all had normally formed wings and all)?
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    Slow-Mo roach

    Hi guys I need your input about the behaviour of one of my newer adult females. So in the last few weeks four nymphs molted into adult females. For two of them things went as usual. The other two apparently got startled into hiding before they stretched their wings. I noticed that one of the females with wrinkeled wings just... doesn't do much compared to the other roaches and seems to live in slow-motion, both while being held and in the enclosure. Like, she moves reeeeally slowly and mostly hides away under leaves and hiding places. and she doesn't seem to notice food in front of her with her maxillary palps. Not even when I put it right under her mouth. I'm honest, I do not know if she actually eats anything, as I am away for uni most of the day, but her abdomen looks still rounded. I'll try to feed her baby food tomorrow to see if she wants to/manages to eat that at least. She is also, even now, still rather pale and her antennae are squiggly, not straightned like the others'. So my questions are: 1) Are there actually any disadvantages the wrinkeled-up wings could cause for the two ladies? 2) Should I be worried about the slow-mo roach (I know this is a rather vague question) and do you think there is anything I can do to make life easier for her, since I don't want to give up on her without trying...? Thank you in advance
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    Slow-Mo roach

    Update: Sadly, I had to send her over the rainbow bridge way sooner than expected. I just found her in the enclosure, convulsing and clearly in pain/suffering. So I decided to let her go. She actually had a little wound on the side of her abdomen with a crust on it. I suspect she did sustain the injury when she was still white and soft, maybe when she was startled. I know I did the right thing... but I still feel like I have failed her :/
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    Slow-Mo roach

    Mhh okay, I'll see if she eats anything over the next few days. Thanks for your input, you two
  10. Hey guys, long time no see Guys, I am a bit worried about one of my female A. tesselata nymphs. She is in the process of her final molt, but it's taking quite some time (I believe). She's been at it for about 9 hours now. Is this an "acceptable" duration or should I be worried (they usually molt when I am asleep or at university, so I don't know how long it takes them). My other problem is that she tore of the old skin almost completely. All that's left now are her head and her legs. Are the roaches capable of freeing their head/legs with the rest of the old skin almost completely gone? I also think her intestines are poking through one point of her right side (of her abdomen). I am really scared of losing her and honestly... I don't have much hope for her Thank you in advance~
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    Long molt and help needed

    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!
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    Long molt and help needed

    Yeah, I was surprised she got stuck, as I never had a problem with bad molts in the 8 month I've had my roaches :/ I just feel like there was something I could've done or provided to her to help her molt properly...
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    Long molt and help needed

    Thank you for your reply Alas, I have no photo, as I went to bed after making my post (it was 5 am in Germany) and when I woke up today, she was still alive, but partially eaten. So I send her over the rainbow bridge I was feeling like something was off with her quite early into her molting process. I don't know what it was exactly, but she just seemed to do worse than the others. The humidity is generally adequate, I'd say I didn't have any troubles with molting before. I had misted shortly before she started... Well, I guess you win some, you lose some (even if I had hoped to win this one and am quite sad)...
  14. Hi guys So I am planning on setting up new boxes for my roaches. The old boxes need cleaning! My mother bought me some of those blocks that make substrate when put in water. They are coco fibre/chips blocks and I used one of them experimentally. Now I am unsure if the coco fibre is suited for my smaller Archimandrita nymphs (some not molted at all, meaning they are tiny). They need to be able to hide away in the substrate to be happy roaches, I read. Would you guys recommend coco fibre for little burrowing nymphs? I intended to mix the coco fibre with bark substrate that I also used in the old boxes Thank you in advance
  15. Hey, you guys I have a question that is probably a stupid one. I noticed on several occasions wet spots on the egg cartons that I have in my enclosues. Now, I know roaches don't really pee but defecate their waste out. I mostly saw the wet spots after the dominant male had chased away a contender and where the dominant male was sitting before (before attacking). Is this some kind of dominance behaviour or to mark a territory? Thank you in advance and sorry for such a dumb question
  16. Hello! I am sorry if this is the incorrect section for my question, but since it kinda has to do with molting I thought to try my luck here Anyway, two days ago a male nymph [Norbert] molted into adulthood and is still not completely colored in (he's very light brown as of right now). On several occasions I caught my currently dominant male [Ulrich], who's usually rather aggressive towards other males, sitting together with the new male and inspecting him with his antennae and mouth-thingies. Overall dominant Ulrich is peaceful towards newbie Norbert. The other males in the box are still attacked on notice, basically. Might this be because Norbert is still too "new" and thus doesn't give off male scent signals, yet? (My english is bad today, I am so sorry)
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    Coco chips for burrowing nymphs

    Thank you for your reply The coconut fibre substrate is more small-particled than chunky and pretty soft, so I think my mother got the right thing by accident! I was worried that the coco fibre is too soft and without enough space for the little nymphs to squeeze through But I guess the mixed-in bark substrate takes care of that.
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    Sick female hisser

    I actually do not know how old she is. She already was an adult when I got my roaches, though - they've been with me for about 6 months now.
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    Sick female hisser

    Sorry to butt into this post Is that a general sign if an aging roach? Because one of my Archimandrita females randomly lost a few of her tarsae (she gets around with her 3 remaining feet but limps quite a bit), one of her five legs is unmoving and her mouth cannot chew "solid" food (I feed her baby food only now), not even a softer zucchini. I'd be relieved if it was just her age showing, she's really giving me a heartache.
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    Possible prolapse

    Long time no see... I was actually gonna make a post stating how well my once prolapsed female developed. While I did not see her defecate, she was mobile and energetic. But now she's done it again :/ This prolapse is about the same size as the first one. There was what looked like a deformed, flat ootheca stuck to the little bubble, like she was trying to get rid of that and accidentally shat out her inner organs again. I hope she can manage the miracle again and survive, but my hopes are slim.
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    Possible prolapse

    Hi guys I am coming to you with a sad suspicion. I think one of my females has a prolapse. It looks like a little yellow-ish bubble sticking out of the end of her abdomen. One of my other roach ladies had the same problem and died rather soon after. So... I just want to be prepared I guess. I'll post some pics too, so maybe you more experienced roach owners can confirm or deny?
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    Possible prolapse

    I'll keep that in mind, thank you How can I deduce if she's defecating properly? Are there any signs to watch out for?
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    Possible prolapse

    I've got another update on her and good news (I think?) The bubble is gone completely and her abdominal opening looks like before too, nothing stuck in there (the other female had visible...residue stuck in her opening). The bubble started to shrink down after a few days. She is active and eats well! So I am optimistic!
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    Possible prolapse

    I have a sad update to make. I think the prolapse has gotten bigger and maybe even ruptured? I did find a little "puddle" of yellow-ish secrete at one point of the box (where she likes to hang out). So... I think I might be losing her soon
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    Possible prolapse

    Thank you for your very quick reply I'll have to see how she is faring in a few days. Her bubble looks still intact, the prolapse of the other roach was rather big and seemed "leaky". I guess I can only hope for the best and prepare for the worst. And yes, I do have other females in my colony. Both adults and nymphs So we'll all be fine if she's out of baby-business.
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