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  1. 9 points
    EDIT, Nov 2019: In light of new information, this species is NOT Hormetica apolinari, but Hormetica strumosa. A little less-showy than their relatives, Lucihormetica, these are a new addition to the hobby. What they lack in glowspots they make up for in size, robustness, the presence of prominent horns in males, and behavior. They are also quite prolific. Hands down one of the most rewarding species to keep.
  2. 6 points
    It's time to welcome another new species into the hobby - Lanxoblatta rudis! This beautiful bark roach is native to South America. They are flat, and I do mean *flat*, because they spend most of their time on tree bark, feeding on moss and fungi. Adults are dark maroon in color and bullet-shaped (photo is of a female, males look the same just flatter). But the nymphs... oh, the nymphs! They bring me much joy. They have body extensions that give them a disk shape. This is an adaptation against ants - nymphs will hunker down and merge with the bark when provoked. I will post more photos below. This species requires some experience in husbandry, but once you get them going they are very rewarding to watch. They are active despite their cryptic appearance. I would rate their breeding difficulty as intermediate. They require a smooth bark substrate (cork is not a very good alternative, it is too rough), high humidity, and minimal ventilation. Not very picky eaters. Not good fliers, but excellent climbers. Females give birth to 20 nymphs or so.
  3. 6 points
    A photo to give some sense of scale. As you can see they are pretty massive. I'm a guy in his mid-30's, so my hand isn't exactly small. You can see a female in the back.
  4. 6 points
    Another point of view on a male:
  5. 5 points
    A lot of people have been asking me about the species of Panchlora in culture, and why I price the white roaches differently than the others. More specifically, people wanted to know about their size difference. I took a photo to show you the sizes of Panchlora "white" and P. "speckled", compared to P. nivea. Please note that my P. nivea come from a wild population, so they might not be P. nivea at all, but their size is identical to P. nivea that is in culture. These are all unmated females. P. "speckled" is slightly bigger than P. nivea, and Panchlora "white" is even bigger. You can also see the color difference between the species, but I'll note that the light conditions for photographing them were not ideal. Panchlora are known to be very reflective. Besides the body color, you can also see differences in the color of their antennae.
  6. 5 points
    Received 6 of these in a trade with Alan Grosse, (who's got an awesome new website), man are they beautiful! Hopefully they'll do well for me, I know they aren't the easiest of the Spanish isopods for sure!
  7. 5 points
    Got a sexed pair of nymphs and a pair of adults from @wizentrop, this may be one of the most unique roach species in my collection, hopefully they will breed for me! Nymph: Adult male: So happy to have this species in my collection, they are just so cool looking!!!
  8. 5 points
    Hello there friends! I'll be adding pictures of some of my weird breeding... Let's start by introduce this amazing species Phortioeca phoraspoides
  9. 5 points
    Hey friends, I've been breeding these since some time ago... Is the first Periplaneta species I've ever kept and I'm in love with them :-) The overpopulation in my colony works pretty well as occasional feeders... Ñom! She likes potatoes
  10. 5 points
    Neat whip spider from TX. I only had one for a while, but I managed to collect 10 on a trip this week!
  11. 5 points
    A group of small nymphs
  12. 5 points
  13. 4 points
    Hello friends, I'm sharing with you one of my favorite roaches in my collection :-) Capucinella delicatula
  14. 4 points
    The next generation is doing quite well. This is only a small fraction of the new babies.
  15. 4 points
    I made a trade with @CodeWilster for a group of these beauties, I received several nymphs and a few adults too, hopefully they'll breed well for me! Here are some pictures of an adult:
  16. 4 points
    A cute nymph, just to show you how flat they are.
  17. 4 points
    A closer look on a Lanxoblatta rudis nymph
  18. 4 points
    Just a few leafy-looking roaches. Epilampra maya Rhabdoblatta formosana
  19. 4 points
    Here's a species I've been dreaming of acquiring! I was able to collect more than a dozen while I was staying in El Paso, TX
  20. 4 points
    I got super lucky with these guys. My male was presub when I caught it and the female was 3 molts behind from catching up with the male so I kept my male cool to slow down his metabolism. When I though my female had caught up with the male my male molted into sub and my female molted into an adult. lol Luckily the male caught up fairly quickly and 3 days after it molted to adult it paired up with my female! Now I have around 30 little nymphs running in the enclosure (even though I sent out around 20 to my friends) and my female is still kicking so I expect to get more nymphs soon.
  21. 4 points
    They are very neat little roaches, it's great that more of the native US species have been entering the hobby lately, hopefully this is a trend that will continue! That female that I thought was an adult turned out to be a subadult, she matured the other day, and underwent a significant color change!
  22. 4 points
    A beautiful hobby classic - G. grandidieri "Tiger Hisser" Excuse the photo-bombing mite that met its doom shortly after this photo...
  23. 4 points
    I'm wrapping up an article on these for I-M. Anyone have any interesting info on them I might not know? For those who aren't familiar, this is one of the big Spanish species that is becoming common in the hobby. Of course the coloration is the primary attraction.
  24. 4 points
    Alright and lastly the White Eye mutation of P. americana:
  25. 4 points
    Got nymphs this species from Kyle a few months ago, and they have started maturing now! Nymph: Adult female: