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  1. They eat from all sides of the bark, regardless of whether there is food on it or not. My guess is that they require some of the wood fiber in their diet.
  2. Yes, this is typical (also for Lanxoblatta), and one of the reasons that proper bark of good quality should be used with them, as opposed to cork. You can see in the photo I posted below that they slowly degrade the substrate, first by creating pockets for them to sit in, and then by actually making holes.
  3. @Xenoblatta when I said pupae, I meant crushed pupae, to give the roaches an easy "start". They did not respond to other "prey" for me. They definitely don't go after live and active prey, because they are not built for it. Yes, you can say they are opportunistic - will eat whatever they stumble upon. Want to see something cool? Try to give them bird droppings, most chances they will take it. Mine were P. bilunata, a bit bigger than yours, but I did not succeed with the oothecae. Be careful with aphids as some feed on poisonous plants and are therefore toxic.
  4. Very nice. I am keeping a related species (Lanxoblatta) so for me it was very interesting to see the subtle differences in the appearance of the nymphs, especially visible in the first photo you uploaded. Keep us updated on their progress.
  5. Fantastic stuff. I've had Paratropes for a while (not this species though), and I agree with the idea of offering pollen - they seemed to like nibbling on it. I have also had success with giving them beetle pupa. You wouldn't expect them to take on prey but they never refused. Like @Hisserdude said, the bottleneck for me was hatching the oothecae. I did not get enough of them so I could not experiment properly with different conditions required for hatching.
  6. Very nice to see those in breeding. I had a different species, and although they are similar to Lanxoblatta in many ways (like the need for flat wood pieces), I agree that they take substrate dryness much better than their smaller relatives. It's a great genus to work with. @Hisserdude Their nymphs are a bit bulkier than Lanoblatta's.
  7. @Chimera For sure I will have them available again once it becomes possible to ship - I already have too many!
  8. One more. You can understand now why I wanted to make this species more available out there.
  9. Another view
  10. Finally I could take the photos I wanted to show you why I like Hormetica so much. They are truly massive, as seen here compared to an adult male Lucihormetica grossei.
  11. The next generation is doing quite well. This is only a small fraction of the new babies.
  12. @Tleilaxu This will work well for many roach species. The only issue is that you do not have a way to view and monitor your roaches.
  13. Flat cork will work, just make sure it doesn't contain any toxic glues or chemicals. Because those roaches spend all their time on the surface.
  14. @Hisserdude I am sure I don't have to tell you this, but don't even consider using bark from those conifers. All roaches will consume some fibers off bark, Lanxoblatta no exception. Conifer bark may contain some toxic compounds. Anyway, with cardboard the main problem is that you have to change it every couple of weeks. It is possible if you are attentive to your collection, but it will cause some stress for your roaches.
  15. They will use cardboard too, the problem is that it absorbs water very quickly and also molds. Beech or birch bark worked best for my li'l guys.