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  1. 2 points
    If i keep food in there for all, will they not bother one another? I'm considering removing the roaches 1 by 1 and separating the isopods
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    Yeah Panchlora are kinda finicky, so I feel like keeping a prolific isopod species in with them that will directly compete with them for food would be a bad idea in the long run...
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    Im not too experienced with Panchlora, but i do know that Powdery orange isopods are one of the fastest breeding isopods, so down the line the isopods may try to outcompete the roaches for food, or if the isopods are hungry enough, *may* try to eat a molting roach, as they're more protein hungry than roaches are in my experience, however they would rather eat a dead non-moving roach than a live one. If you have plenty of leaf litter in their enclosure, it shouldn't be too big of a problem.
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    I do have an update: species confirmed. I think. I know I have this one in there, alive and kicking. I haven't seen any of the others in awhile, though. This one was actually found loose! I think it escaped early on, before I had them in proper containment, and it seems to have been pretty happy to grow and develop outside the enclosure. Probably in my houseplants. I did NOT sex it while I had it out, since I know these have a stink defense and I didn't want to risk it doing that. I'm actually going to be making a post elsewhere of rehoming these. I have some chronic fatigue issues that are flaring up, so I'm trying to downsize my critter collection pretty far. I know I have this one in there, and I'd ship the whole enclosure's worth of dirt and leaves in case there's more in there. I can't make any guarantees about there being more than one. But if someone would like these, they're up for grabs. Just on the condition that, if there's multiple and they breed, I can call 'dibs' on a culture of them in a couple years. They really are a handsome roach, but I'm trying to downsize my bugs. Down to isopods (since they eat the dirt) and the domino roaches that mostly just eat leaves. Does anyone know where universities get these guys? I've found several academic papers from people at universities studying these, and they seem to be well-established as a live specimen to use for various things. They must come from somewhere. Maybe somebody could find the supplier and buy some for the hobby?
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    Hey everyone i haven’t had time to draw just for me recently, so I was wondering if anyone here would be interested in some art requests. I would love to get more practice drawing bugs, so if you have a favorite species or a beloved pet, please share photos of them here. Hopefully during this upcoming spring break, I will have just enough time to sketch them all out. Examples of my work here: https://www.deviantart.com/shon2
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    Of course almost every new isopod is the "biggest" but this is the longest species according to species literature (documented at 3.2 cm body length). The male has long uropods and tends to be longer than the female.
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    This is a female of the Polyphaga saussurei (Dohrn, 1888). I caught her during my expedition to the Kyzylkum desert, in southern Kazakhstan. They live in burrows of monitor lizards and other desert animals. That was at the end of August. Yesterday I noticed her ooteca, it is very pleasing, but there is a risk that nothing will be born from it.
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    Do you have any for sale ?
  10. 1 point
    Yes, she was already at the adult stage. Will hope!
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    Its probably a good idea to seperate the roaches and isopods. Maybe consider adding springtails with the roaches? Springtails are very small and are great at controlling mold and grain mites!
  12. 1 point
    Yes, of course. It is hoped that this female mated with a male in the desert. It would be excellent
  13. 1 point
    Do you still have the New African specie ?
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    I regularly observed this in all species of this genus that I had, including Panesthia a. angustipennis. Indeed, this is a demonstration of the sexual behavior of males and it is typical for the genus Panesthia, and it is possible that for the entire subfamily.
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    My Panesthia angustipennis angustipennis males are very noisy! Once in a while one of them comes to the surface and starts making noise by hammerings with its abdomen on a piece of wood. The wood and the enclosure kind of resonates and enhances the noise. I manages to make an audio recording with my audio recorder (see attachement). There is a lot of bass to hear (it's a decent recorder), and it gives a good idea what I have to endure here I', pretty sure this is a way to attract females. My question: has anyone observed a similar thing? 20200308_Panesthia angustipennis angustipennis.mp3
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    Those look like a mix of Gromphadorhina portentosa and one of the "princisia," I don't see any G. oblongonota features. I think you can only destroy a pure stock by mixing other things in but usually people who have these hybrids bought them as something else.
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    Yes, unfortunately, the problem of hybridization is very acute. It is necessary to strictly label cultures and by all means prevent hybridization.
  18. 1 point
    obviously, this is a joke...hopefully im not the only dork who thinks its funny lol. reminded me of catdog, instead its....roachroach?
  19. 1 point
    I have a cup full of old molts. It scares me every single time I find one, thinking I lost one.
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    I have both in my Therea petiveriana (bioactive) terrarium, and haven't noticed any ill effects. They make for great decor, but I don't think they're eating them or hiding in them. C. schwarzi might use them as hides, though my schwarzi colony loved cork bark as a edible hide.
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    Adults will eat very tiny babies under some conditions but a big one getting eaten is unheard of.
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    What does "rank" mean on our profiles? Just curious
  23. 1 point
    Does anyone keep different species together? When I first got interested in roaches I had dreams of beautifully outfitted "ecosystemed" tanks with 2 or 3 different species living together. I only have 4 species and haven't bothered to put any of them together. Not sure I want to at this juncture - just wondering if anyone else has and what their experience has been. . .
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    Here are some notes I made from cohabiting species: G. portentosa + B. dubia = Worked out OK. Hisser proof tanks will also hold dubia well. Adult male dubia and male hissers fight, so not good as adults. G. portentosa +B. dubia + E, posticus = Same as above, but adult orange heads like to eat freshly molted hissers B.discoidalis + B. dubia = OK, but nearly impossible to sort babies. I only did this with nymphs and removed adults as they emerged.
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    It is difficult, but it can be done. The idea of a beautiful, natural tank with several colorful roach species running around is very appealing, but in reality the species that can best cohabitate are usually the drabber ones. The best "schematic" for a multi-species enclosure would probably include one large Blaberid, some sort of hardy Blattid (Eurycotis floridana or Periplaneta sp. come to mind), maybe an equally sturdy Polyphagid (I can really only suggest Ergaula sp. here), and then some other mix-match of smaller roaches (Pycnoscelus sp. and Blaberidae sp. "Kenya" maybe). It would have to be carefully monitored to keep the numbers down to appropriate levels so that one species doesn't end up dominating another. This could be done manually or by the addition of an active predator (Platymeris sp. being the best candidate here due to ease of care and breeding likelihood).
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