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  1. I'm not sure if it would hurt the roaches at all but I don't know what they are going to be fed off to. That would be my only concern is giving some reptile copper poisoning (which would be relatively difficult to do mind you). Otherwise, if they eat it, and start producing normal nymphs at a normal or improved pace, keep using it. I currently feed ZuPreem FruitBlend bird food, cheap cat food, bee pollen at times, fish flakes at times and occasionally butternut squash and oranges. But honestly mine did fine on cheap dogfood and oranges in the past.
  2. I have the physical version and the free pdf lol. It's a fantastic book, I'll have to look through it and see what it says about them and their close relatives.
  3. I was a exterminator for about 5 years. It depends on the type of termites (subterranean or dry wood) and the treatment method (trenching/rodding or tenting). With that info I can help you get an idea of what to expect.
  4. Holy moly! Congratulations! This is certainly an exciting turn of events in the hobby. Does anyone have experience with their growth cycle? As in from hatching to adulthood taking 1 or 2 years? I'd imagine they grow at a similar rate to Archimandrita or a similarly sized roach. I'm very interested in seeing updates on these as your adventure in their husbandry continues!
  5. Throw some hydrated sphagnum moss in there and you'll be set.
  6. I have about 15 medium nymphs so I'll give it a shot. Lol. What do you do for hydration?
  7. I need to know of this method. Lol
  8. If you have multiples like this separate them and start a breeding project, I've never seen color variance in them before so that's pretty neat.
  9. Very cool, I'm glad the library was willing to pick up the title.
  10. Let's see some Periplaneta! I love roachy roaches. Post your pics along with these! Periplaneta fuligonosa, the only ones that don't have adults yet. Periplaneta americana (White eye morph) Periplaneta americana (regular morph CB) Periplaneta americana (regular morph WC) Periplaneta brunnea Periplaneta australasiae Apparently I have a mite issue. Bleh.
  11. Yeah I recall talking to him about it. I don't think anyone has them at this time. Hopefully some more can be collected again but I'm not holding my breath just yet.
  12. They don't take much room, they love crowding lol. At anyrate they really are a fun species.
  13. How often do you water (or heavily mist) their enclosure?
  14. But that means you WOULD be keeping them. Lol
  15. You act like this all can't be arranged! Lol. XD
  16. Nice, I'm excited to see how they do and also I'm glad to let you work out the husbandry kinks for the rest of us. Lol! (I'm totally not a lazy keeper, shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhush!)
  17. These are on my want list because of how similar they are to Periplaneta in appearance lol. They are such a pretty roach. How many nymphs do you have at this stage?
  18. We can revive it and I can delete this. Doesn't matter, just love this genus lol. Also editing in the titles made some images poof and I don't know why. Weird.
  19. Nearly all of my invertebrates will react to moving lights regardless of the color. But it could be related to the red itself, sometimes red filters don't remove all the visible wavelengths. Zoo Meds red bulbs for instance are red glass instead of red lacquer (except the spots I think) like the cheaper bulbs and typically aren't visible...but again, if I move the fixture they still react, albeit not much compared to white light.
  20. I'll see what pics I can grab shortly lol.
  21. I like the tangent this has taken. You're doomed @Hisserdude
  22. XD I have all 5 in the hobby right now, plus Blatta orientalis. Cmon @Hisserdude join in.
  23. Interesting topic but without specimens being dissected or genetically checked there is literally no evidence of hybridization. Color morphs and abnormalities are common in captive colonies, especially when new specimens are introduced. Even if they come from the same genetic ancestors from the original import, separation of even a few generations can show great variation within a species of cockroach. I don't know of any evidence of another Blaptica species being imported, even accidentally. So the likelihood of any of our captive bred colonies being hybrids is next to nothing. But please, if I'm wrong I'd love to read about others being imported or of known Blaptica hybridization.