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  1. mehraban

    Non-roach bugs for domino setup?

    They live not in a real desert, but in a biotope like dry semi-evergreen bush - with thickets of spiny bushes, trees, dry sandy soils and stone outcrops, and seasonal rains. Dead plant material is quite abundant, so roaches have enough place both to hide and walk. I keep with "dry" roaches some large darkling beetles, like Scaurus, Blaps, Adesmia etc., they're safe for roaches, eggsacs and nymphs, though quite large and impressive by themselves. They sometimes have some issues with successful pupating, needing a piece of damp wood to pupate in it - but otherwise are undemanding.
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    Hissers as feeders

    I've tried once to use hissers as feeders for monitors - being fed well and heated well (27...30C), both Gromphadorrhina hybr. and Elliptorhina chopardi breed like flies, newborns are uncountable. But they're too rough and spiny - and very readily using these roughness and spines for self-defense. So - dubia, if you need large roach. Or archimandrita, if it's possible to keep really large colony, they're by far not the fastest-growing roaches. I definitely prefer crickets, locusts, caterpillars, beetle larvae for reptiles... For some ants - yea, they're quite good, especially for specialized scavengers like large Carebaras, they clean them from inside. For others, opportunist hunters like Camponotus - they're too rough, even small nymphs.
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    Gyna centurio (Centurion Roach)

    Can't say so - keep'em all quite similar. IMO, nymphs prefer more humid conditions, adults tend to keep on dry side, but it's normal for many roaches. The only nuance is in strains: lurida, caffrorum and - to somehow less degree - centurio are rather well-established in captivity, breeding without problems. Capucina and bisannulata - not yet, and there are different strains, some of which are noticably more difficult to breed.
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    Gyna centurio (Centurion Roach)

    It's unpredictable, IMO. I've 5 Gyna species, and always some of them try to fly when others just stay buried - and each feeding they're different. The most fleeable is usually lurida, the laziest - usually bisannulata, but an hour ago two capucina males tried to fly away. My favourite is kaffrorum - especially camouflaged nymphs
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    Roach ID?

    Yes, I think so, too; the main question for me is the reason. Maybe some disease. They were F0, just offspring from WC animals, so it's quite possible. Woodlice were quite tolerant when roaches were L1, though quite numerous (they're somehow pesting in my vivariums, brought them occasionally from Lao several years ago, now they're literally everywhere, even with chilopods and scorpions...), so, IMO, if they took part in devouring, then they consumed either dead or dying insects. Yes, I'm sure. They can't climb polypropylene anyway, and enclosure is always tightly closed (no phorids, sciarids etc., so meshes are fine, boxes are closed). And yea, I've already found - not adults, about 20 large nymphs, from another location (that were from Myanmar, these are from Lao), but, IMO, it's one species, Ricnoda rugosa is widespread over all the region, from Myanmar to Vietnam. Maybe, in spring I can go to Myanmar again, though...
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    Lanxoblatta rudis

    With some arboreal millipedes and woodlice I've used pieces of dead twigs covered with epyphytes - mosses, lichens, fungi etc., and it worked very well. The trickiest moment is the very beginning, when WC animals try to eat and digest completely new food - they're, AFAIU, anyway symbiotrophic, and their endosymbionts may be either damaged by transportation or have problems with these new materials...
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    Roach ID?

    ... So they've perished. Don't understand how\why - just perished. The one and the only species of all my roaches, more than 50; all the rest are feeling better or worse, but feeling. I'm now back home - travelled for 1,5 months, and there're not even anything like remnants in their enclosure. Just disappeared without any traces. Food, humidity, shelters - everything seemed to be OK, but the result is somehow stunning for me. Moreover: I've a colony of some woodlice in the same enclosure, and they've not just survived - they're now innumerable, colony is bursting with youngs. Does anybody has anything like an experience of woodlice exterminating roaches in polyculture? O_o
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    Roach ID?

    I don't think so - took'em all from one heap of leaves, as large nymphs, male molted to imago earlier and died. Moreover, he had managed to mate with female shortly after she molted for the last time - so now I've about a dozen or more I2-nymphs... If they're interspecific hybrids, I'll be very much surprised.
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    Roach ID?

    Thanks! Yea, it looks very similar to www-Ricnoda pics, especially this funny position - tail-up, when disturbed, female somehow flattens itself and rises abdomen. Let it be Ricnoda, so...
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    Roach ID?

    Found them in a heap of decaying leaves in eastern Myanmar, in Tenasserim mountains, near Thai border - if it matters.
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    Roach ID?

    Female - yea, it's adult female, still alive and active:
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    Roach ID?

    Hi all! Have a roach to ID. I think it's smth like Pseudophoraspis, but it's only my assumption... Male - now it's already dead: