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  1. 9 points
    Hello there friends, I've started breeding these magnificent species. Paratropes phalerata is a diurnal cockroach that lives on live plants. In some literature has been cited as an important pollinator :-) I've been trying several ways to keep them... At the beginning I've tried to emulate an habitat with the same plants I usually find them on. But it's been a little tricky and not necessarily better in captive breeding. So at this moment I'm keeping most of the groups I have in small boxes, with good ventilation and moist substrate, and barks for them to perch on, just to keep looking for the best way to breed them (Different foods and that stuff)... They like sweet fruits like mango... ;-) I already got some oothecae, they stick them to... anywhere hahaha Sticky side: ;-) But this one on the plantae is really how they lay their oothecae in the wild: As I said before... barks seems to be just fine :-p Incubating eggs apart: Some other pics :-) This is a perfect display cockroach!!! is really funny to watch them walking around the boxes and kind of communicate each other by touching their antennae. They are visible and busy during most of the hours of light, but not like looking for an escape, rather just wandering around the barks and soil. Sometimes I watch them taking a determinate route and taking a bite of food in every lap Next step: A big planted terrarium for all of them, with dishes containing pollen, sweet fresh fruits and some other foods with high flour content ¿Has anyone of you breed these before? Your suggestions would be very grateful :-D
  2. 5 points
    I'm very happy at the moment as I got 10 Schizopilia fissicollis nymphs today from Nicolas Rousseaux! They are beautiful (in my opinion at least)
  3. 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
  4. 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
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    Hey Everyone, Indeed, the first Schizopilia were collected in Mitaraka, French Guiana. I've been in touch with the Museum since 2016, and contributed to their research by giving a large amount of individuals from diferent species. Later, the contacted me about this species. The F1 generation was close to be adults but there were no research planned for them, so they were not planning to keep them and asked me if I wanted to receive them. The only thing I've seen about them was a black and white illustration without scale... You can imagine how crazy I was when I saw that pronotum! The terms were defined so both the Museum and I could get interesting stuff: the whole group was given to me, and I was charged to introduce them in the hobby, so in case of need, the Museum can easily find some in captivity. All the dead specimens from the F1 were pinned, and it was decided they had to get back to the Museum's collection. I'm now starting to sell them (and will strat to sell some again in a few months), and most of the pinned animals are back to them. I also received a Blattidae from the Philippines from the Museum, here is the link (you can also scroll on the page and you'll find more topic about Schizopilia): And the pined animals, ready to get back to the MNHN collection: Best regards, Nicolas
  7. 4 points
    A time lapse movies of their nightly activity. If you look careful, you can see one roach molting into adulthood and one nymph getting into the next instar.
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    One can also see the translucent area in the pronotum above their head. I assume this helps them to see light - dark while keeping their head under it.
  9. 4 points
    Lo and behold, one of the nymphs molted into adult stage today! Not yet their final color...
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    This particular variety can be found in Ocala National Forest, FL
  12. 4 points
    I'm new to keeping inverts in any numbers, but decided to bring in several Halloween Hissers (Elliptorhina javanica) as really nice species to display. I keep the males and females in separate enclosures, but this evening one of the larger females gave birth to 30-ish perfect white nymphs! So I'm sure I'll be hanging around these boards looking for advice in a few months once they're growing and I start to panic :-) I thought I'd share a portrait here of one of the males...
  13. 4 points
    Hello friends, I'm sharing with you one of my favorite roaches in my collection :-) Capucinella delicatula
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    The next generation is doing quite well. This is only a small fraction of the new babies.
  15. 3 points
    Hello friends, I wasn't sure about to start this thread, but maybe it could be useful for someone :-) I breed Red Runners using the same "cricket breeding model", and I've found that is a really organised way to breed this species. I guess it begins with the harvesting of oothecae. Every some weeks I carefully take the most oothecae as possible away to the colonies tanks. Sometimes I do this at the same time of cleaning session in the colony, so I can replace the dirty substrate (free of oothecae) after that. I use another bin with slightly moist substrate to put a layer of around one centimetre of Red Runner oothecae :-) At this point the growing tank should be ready for them to hatch and be free :-) I used to use crater pieces as ramps for them to get out of the incubator tupper by themselves; but mines use to be a little cowards and they takes their time to jump out of it. So I prefer to let the craters in and shake them out every some while They are a lot, and in some weeks it will be necessary to divide the colonies into different tanks, I use to change the dirty substrate at this point again, is really easy when you don't have to be careful of discarting any oothecae :-) And then they will have enough space to reach adulthood in a healthy way... I use to do another complete cleaning of the tank before they start laying new oothecae... it makes such the work less chaotic ;-) And at this point I make "the purge" ... that means to take away the excess of males to reach a sex ratio of (in appearance) around 1 male for every 5 females... I use them all for the current tarantula´s feeding session... I leave a satisfying video of some of them here... ...And well, from here the process start again... This way I keep my Red Runner colonies clean, separated by sizes and always ready to use! Bye!
  16. 3 points
    Carnivorous plants need to be kept in peat or sphagnum and given rainwater or distilled water, they can't stand minerals. They also mostly need very bright lights. Sundews and pinguicula love gnats, but only catch the gnats that stray out and bump them. Speaking from experience, they don't have enough catching power to wipe out an infestation, though I do have a pinguicula on a living wall that keeps the very low gnat population from ever increasing. Not good gnat control, but neat plants.
  17. 3 points
    Here is one of my "black morph" portentosa - a female, I think adult but may be subadult. There is no trace of any other colour than black anywhere on her body. Isn't she stunning?
  18. 3 points
    They seem to eat from the bark surface...
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    Fantastic stuff. I've had Paratropes for a while (not this species though), and I agree with the idea of offering pollen - they seemed to like nibbling on it. I have also had success with giving them beetle pupa. You wouldn't expect them to take on prey but they never refused. Like @Hisserdude said, the bottleneck for me was hatching the oothecae. I did not get enough of them so I could not experiment properly with different conditions required for hatching.
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    Errbody knows @Hisserdude is total roach gangster. Hiss 4 life dawg! A narcoleptic classmate of mine wondered for about a year why he had a bad gnat problem. He fogged his apartment multiple times to no avail. Then Thanksgiving came and he opened the oven and found... the turkey he cooked last year. Oh, beautiful photos @Xenoblatta
  22. 3 points
    I thought I would post some pics of my roach displays. Unfortunately at this time only the pantanals have enough adults to be seen. I want to fix a back drop but I’m not sure what to do yet. The big empty is a 29 gallon Blaberus fusca, the other 29 is Eublaberus “pantanal” and then a 3 gallon with Gyna caffrorum.
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    Finally I could take the photos I wanted to show you why I like Hormetica so much. They are truly massive, as seen here compared to an adult male Lucihormetica grossei.
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