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    Now, this is for zebra isopods (Armadillidium maculatum), but it would also work for small, non-climbing roaches. Or for climbing species if you had a snug lid and covered the holes with mesh. It has a lid (just a cut-out piece of stiff packaging plastic), but I took that off for the pic. 1-gallon plastic bowl, holes poked with a soldering iron. There are lots of good uses for goldfish bowls! But none of them are for housing any kind of fish, albeit maybe for an hour or two as temporary holding/display. That's how the myth about goldfish being kept in bowls came about- the people who 'invented' them, bred them into goldfish, would keep them in ponds. When they had guests, they would put a couple of goldfish in a bowl on a table for display, and the fish would stay in there just for a little while, as display. Visitors from elsewhere thought that goldfish were permanently housed in those bowls, and then at some point pop culture picked it up, and the image of a goldfish in a bowl became commonplace. Unfortunately for goldfish.
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    Ah, okay. I couldn't find much info on them so I wasn't sure about how long they'd take to reach maturity, breed, etc. Looking forward to them being available again
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    I believe almost everyone who got them from Gil has bred them successfully, but seeing as they are such slow breeders and growers, it'll be a while until they are readily available here.
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    Hi, I'm Michael from Germany. Started with feeders - Blaptica - more than 25 years ago. After allergic reactions I had to stop breeding them and explored the huge world of roaches. Kept feeders like Eublaberus, Nauphoeta, Symploce, Panchlora and many others then. Due to herpetological research in the mediterranean I found Loboptera my favourite genus. I kept two or three species but had to stop this due to my work and family. A few months ago I restarted with Phoetalia pallida, again as feeder for my lizards (Lacertids). This year I plan holidays on the Balearics again and hope to find some Loboptera. My second obsession is old herpetological literature and due to my interest in roaches a few roachtitles also found their new home in my lib. For instance Brunner van Wattenwyl Nouv. Syst. Blattaires or Walker Catalogue of the Blattariae in the BM. best regards Michael
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    Yeah, I really hope I have at least 1 pair in here. I figure all I really need is a male and female that mature at the same time and breed, and then their offspring can breed with any not involved in the pair. I mean, people get six roaches as a small starter colony, and that's what we're doing here! It's too bad I can't sex them at this point. I wish I could put a little urinal in there and count how many of em use it. That's a reliable way to sex roaches, right? Miniature urinals? How big are the adults in this species? I figure when the nymphs get to near adult size, they should hopefully be sexable. Though I don't know if I want to handle them to sex, stink defense and whatnot.
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    I'm so excited by this! I hope you get some adult pairs, too. What a crazy backstory for a new species in the hobby. Crossing my fingers for you.😉
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    Ah, good news! I found a live one! Bad photo because he was lively, but definitely the same kind, and not one I had already. He went downstairs from where my suitcase is, the cats hassled him, and then he ran into the bathroom, so hopefully soap scum or whatnot doesn't get the better of him. This brings my total to 6 in the dedicated enclosure, and 1 in my tesselata enclosure if I can find that one. If I can just get an adult m/f pair to mature at the same time and breed, I should be set! Definitely gonna set up some traps around the house. I'm also gonna remember to check skulls that I collect really, really well for things, I forgot to do that this time. These guys, I don't mind, but I could end up bringing a centipede or something into my house if I'm not careful.
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    Wow, they are very pretty! yeah, that makes sense. I can relate to getting a little lazy once everything's going well
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    Yes, the species Orin talks about in his book is vittata. True H.histrio look very different from H.vittata, here's an image of a true H.histrio adult: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/21047336 Basically the most sought after roaches are new additions to the hobby, ones that are very difficult to breed long term, and ones that take forever to grow and have limited litter sizes. Also the prettier or more unique the roach, the more sought after it is. Thing is, people are more likely to forget about taking care of species that seem to be doing well for them, and Ectobiids tend to do well for people when they are being treated like royalty... Once a colony is established, that's when people get more lax and slip up, and while most roaches can take a few slip ups, most Ectobiids can not...
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    ahh, so what Orin references in his books is Vittata? aka, Clown Roaches? Interesting. I was curious if things had changed much since the book's release. Are there more info on Histrio so that I can understand the differences? If there's a resource explaining which roaches are the most sought after/rare, that'd be a really interesting topic! I have learned about so many new and rare roaches these past few days, it really interests me. Also, yeah the points about forgetfulness killing a lot of cultures makes sense. I know I'm forgetful for the couple of small species I have. I'd hope that people who knowly have a rare species would take extra care with them, but I suppose we all have our days? lol
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    Yeah, they are a relatively new arrival to the hobby, and an obscure one at that. Yes, much like BDFBs and some other Tenebrionids, I believe the waxy coating aids in preventing dehydration, since they come from a very arid habitat.
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    neat! I never heard of these, it's very interesting that they produce a waxy substance to keep them from dehydrating much like a blue death feigning beetle I assume?
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    I've only successfully trapped hissers so I don't know if this will work, but I've set out favorite foods (i.e. fruit) on top of egg crates and caught escapees. They come for the food and stay for the egg crates, so I think you're onto something with the paper towels. Looking forward to see if you can get enough to start a colony!
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    Lats4life said: Just wait @ Panch-Laura. Your turn is coming. #upwithlats Arthur Aeluropoda said: @SirUblaberus, I won't be traded. My human has a soft spot for majors. But good news. That little guy is gone. Sold to the highest bidder. Plenty more to take his place though, and they're eating all the corn on the cob before I can get to it. Nothing but carrots this week. #roachworldproblems ChopardiParty said: Is anyone else loving these temps!? My human brought me and the fam out of the bug room for some natural 85° fresh air. Nymphs are out playing. Finally get some peace and quiet! #freshair #hightemps #itsaparty #datenight
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    One of my males matured!
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    I separated a first highly yellow female, unfortunately, I do not have a yellow male yet, but I hope there will be other yellows in the future. But offspring from this yellow female would be a first success, too. By the way, not every of my few yellow specimen is colored in such a bright yellow. Some only have yellow sprinkles or their green is a bit yellowish. Here a foto of the very yellow female:
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    I offer a few damp areas and a few dryer areas in the enclosure.
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    At least two other Panchlora species in the hobby, (Panchlora sp. "Costa Rica" and Panchlora sp. "Speckled") have yellow color morphs, so it's possible you could find yellow P.nivea individuals... I'd try and separate those ones, and see if it's actually a color morph that can be isolated!
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    My lats actually ate tomatoes before a little surprised your roaches didn't take the tomato. For the acorn did you break it open?