Hi! I'm new to this forum and as far as I have seen on the internet this is the best I've found about roaches... Actually I've started looking at these guys as feeder for my mantids but then I discovered a hidden beauty I couldn't ignore... Especially when I've discovered the genus Gyna!
Anyway after some research on the internet I've found an italian site (I live in Italy) which was selling the centurions and I've bought two packs of them since they really amazed me as colorful and cute creatures. around 15 arrived mixed from nymphs and adults but some adults died short after the arrival, probably due to old age... Basically I had 3 adults females, many males, and some nymphs. I started to discover them and learn more about their behaviour even tough I found pretty much nothing on the internet about them, they are very shy and spend most time burrowed but they emerge at the first shadow to eat and chew some leaves. Btw the males are actually crazy sometimes and they keep running and flying everywhere, I've also noticed that all stages like to climb and "reach high places" since at first I've put them in a large naturalistic terrarium, and only later I've placed them in a small container since they were too few and I wanted to monitorate them better.
The thing is that finally when I've changed the substrate some days ago I've found more than 20 whites nymphs around one of the females! I've counted and separeted 24 of them and placed them in another smaller container. Later however I've discovered more of them still in the adult container and I left them there. They turned into brown few hours later and they also started eating a little bit of fish food and leaves, pretty much like the adults. I see them very healty and active for now, I can't see them often actually but as soon as I lift a death leaf they are all running and scampering underneth it... Now I'm planning to raise them in order to have a remarkable colony as final goal and at the same time I want to study them and understand more about their behaviour and their optimal habitat, since almost no information are available online...
Has anyone here ever kept them before? If someone is willing to give me some advice it would be great and if you wish I will keep you updated about the nymphs's growth!
These are some pics of the tiny roaches and the container, sorry for the poor quality I will try to make better pic next time. (I'm using the phone...)