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  1. 2 points
    I still have mine. I saw at least 2 dozen nymphs ranging from 2nd instar to 4th so they are doing well
  2. 2 points
    Shon, These are excellent. I could actually see something like this being used for scientific illustration (I have commissioned such illustrations before). One of my friends had to do similar sketches for a graduate entomology class and really enjoyed it, those were less holistic and more close ups of parts though. Keep it up. Hisserdude, yours are actually pretty good too. They mostly just lack shading. And I totally get the point about not being able to get the legs to look natural. I can get it if I copy an image closely, but free hand, I think I just don't 100% understand the legs and joints. They are so alien its hard to make sense of it sometimes.
  3. 1 point
    @Bmaines96 is unsure about the state of his colony ATM, (though hopefully they're doing well), does @Cariblatta lutea still have his, or did he send them to Kyle? If it's the latter then you and Brandon are probably the last people keeping them in the US...
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    I know of only 3 people that have them, including myself. The others being @Bmaines96 and @Cariblatta lutea. I have not gotten my female to drop any babies yet, but I know they have; hopefully their colonies are still doing well.
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    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...)
  6. 1 point
    CITES and ESA also restrict some species, but none of these are the cause of the APHIS regulations. I guess I did word that way too broadly.
  7. 1 point
    What about Typhochlaena seladonia? Thought the reason they were basically banned in the US was because Brazil wanted to US government to enforce the Lacey Act for their endemic species? (A bit ironic, considering their government's response to the amazon fires...).
  8. 1 point
    Thanks, I'm glad you think so!
  9. 1 point
    I love these! Your work is great, it looks very accurate to the cuties in the photos
  10. 1 point
    These are my best two IMO: The models:
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    Just getting the segments right and in a natural looking position, which I'm sure could be fixed with practice. I use good old fashioned clicky pencils and paper, don't have a drawing tablet or anything, (though I would like one eventually). Your stuff looks way better, that's for sure! 😅
  12. 1 point
    What is it about the legs that gives you trouble? :0 And what medium do you work in? I'm sure your art still looks pretty roachy, even if you see details that aren't completely accurate. The legs on my sketches aren't perfect either! :'D
  13. 1 point
    Trigoniulus corallinus and Anadenobolus monilicornis were established by agriculture. Those are tiny, unimpressive species that were never kept or heard of before they plagued Florida after introduction with ornamental plants. There are NO species introduced by the hobby. Millipedes were not regulated prior to 2006 and were still being imported legally.
  14. 1 point
    Hey guys, Thank you for the welcome and the info! It's much appreciated. I woke up this morning to find one of my two G Oblongonota females hanging from a stick, turning her ootheca. I hadn't planned on getting this deep this quick but oh well lol. I will need a much larger quantity of cheap dog food in the near future it appears...
  15. 1 point
    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.
  16. 1 point
    It's really nothing to worry about. It looks fairly chubby so I don't imagine it'll eat anytime soon. Those pectines look masculine to me so I'd say it's safe to say you have a male. Mine has gone months without eating. Granted she's a different species but it still applies to yours.
  17. 1 point
    I've noticed that my colony tends to get picky when I feed them too much. How often do you offer food? I always have chow and water crystals available, but only offer fruits/veggies every 7-10 days. Also, be careful with bread as it can lead to grain mite outbreaks and you definitely don't want that. If you're using them as feeders, stay away from meat and cheese as well. As for cannibalism, they will eat their dead friends, no way around it. Males will also fight and cannibalize when there's too much competition. I just feed off most of the males to my assassins to keep things calm.
  18. 1 point
    Finally got some of these beauties, one of the first to keep them in the US, fingers crossed they'll breed for me! Here are some pictures of a couple nymphs!
  19. 1 point
    Very, VERY beautiful, I love that unique, waxy look they have. Are they friendly? I can't wait to see how they grow and develop over time.
  20. 1 point
    I suggest sticking with the rotten wood.
  21. 1 point
    One of my males matured!
  22. 1 point
    Whether or not rotting wood crumbles can vary a lot depending on how wet it is at the time. If you'd have a hard time picking up a log entirely made of the stuff, it's rotted enough. If it's not quite rotted far enough, that won't hurt anything. I don't think it's possible for wood to be too rotted unless it's turned into dirt. The really good rotted stuff is super soft, nice and spongy. I like how it feels. You can break it apart in your fingers, and generally should, to check for stowaways. Even if you're gonna boil it, it's good to try and shake out whatever live things you can before boiling it. Sometimes bumblebees nest in rotting wood, so you can find the grubs or pupae. Those in particular should be left alone- just put a whole little chunk with them in it back and let them keep doing their thing. You should also avoid termites, they'll eat the wood before your roaches do and might not be the best thing to bring into your house.
  23. 1 point
    This depends on exactly what you're feeding it to. Many roaches will eat the most rotten parts but cannot eat anything that isn't well decayed.
  24. 1 point
    Wow that’s a unsolicited commercial. We get the link and all.
  25. 1 point
    I have 3 large roach colonies (one spread across 3 boxes), which I feed dry food (mostly porridge oats, sometimes dry cat food) every couple of days, and fruit/veg once a week. I used to feed them fruit and veg more often but with the number of insects I now have (stick insects as well as roaches) and working full time as well, I simply don't have the time to feed them all as often as I used to! ? I am actively trying to reduce the numbers of my roaches (giving them away/selling them in bulk to dealers) and when the numbers are a bit more reasonable I hope I won't feel so bad about only feeding them fruit and veg once a week!