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Marco Sonnenscheisse

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  1. Marco Sonnenscheisse

    Over the Ocean

    Hello! A short introduction of myself, first I am lucky to have a new discussion platform. I think we do not have any active cockroach keeper forum anymore in Europe, our last german forum died 10 years ago. I actual work on a new cockroach keeper forum in german language, it is already online but not active until yet. Maybe there is one in CZ and/or Poland but if then not in a language I speak or can even read. Also of interest for me is to get informations about cockroach species we do not have or never had in culture in Europe. My love for cockroaches was born 2004 at a little terraristic stock market, where I have seen the lovely Gromphadorhina grandidieri (even under this name, by the way in Europe they are usually named Princisia vanwaerebeki "Black & White"; essedentially G.grandidieri at this time was named for what now is G.portentosa "Black") and giant G.portentosa. Before that I knew what a cockroach is, but I never conciously ever had seen one. I cared for my first tarantulas since a few years, and after buying my first one or two pet roach species I passed over to get cockroaches for feeder use, too. Temporary I cared for more than 80 species of cockroaches, this had been a bit too much. Actually I have 30 species here, basically I planed not more than 30 again, but this number inevitable will get some shift I think. I will post a list of my cockroach species another time. Greetings, Marco
  2. Marco Sonnenscheisse

    Panchlora sp. "White"!

    I will try!
  3. Marco Sonnenscheisse

    How big are newborn hisser nymphs?

    Hello! More important than their size is their ability to squeeze through really tight openings, so the lid of the box you keep the roaches inside should close absolute dense. Or in the case of a glas terrarium there can be gaps, mostly between the door glasses or between front window and upper glass. I had G.oblongonata in a big box with another big box above of it, usually there also had been one or two plants on top of the upper box. I had perpetual problems with little nymphs who made it over the vaseline stripe and then squeezed through lid and box. It is some years in the past that I cared for the big hisser species, but when I remember right the N1 had 9-10mm in body length. Greetings, Marco
  4. Marco Sonnenscheisse

    Do aeluropoda insignis hissers breed quickly ?

    I have mine relative dry (50%) and in the winter at only 23°C and they still produced babies in a good amount. Best thing is to look early for someone who takes the roaches which get too many, in numbers for feeding purpose. Greetings, M
  5. Marco Sonnenscheisse

    Panchlora sp. "White"!

    Maybe I am in error, but I suspect to have a little part (circa 5%) yellow adults under my Panchlora nivea. Could that be or did I everytime see a freshly molten one? Greetings, M
  6. Marco Sonnenscheisse

    Gyna capucina (Pink Roach)

    I wish you good luck with them. Have you got helpful hints how to breed them? Greetings, Marco
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    What CuC do you keep with your roaches/inverts?

    I never had problems like this with Thrichorhina tomentosa. Sometimes they increase to really high number and a few times I was affraid that they could eventually dominate burrowing nymphs so I took out 90% of the little isopods.
  8. Marco Sonnenscheisse

    What do you use for substrate?

    Hello! I prefer coconut fiber, too. Main reason: I can be 100% sure that it contains no toxic ingredients. A second reason is that I am living far away from the next woodland and do not have a car. One or two times a year I collect oak, beech and hazelnut leaves and twigs and some peaces of rotten wood, allways for the next year. Another good reason is that it is very fine. A real disadvantage of this coconut soil is this yellow fungus which occurs not seldom in humid climate. A handful of times I left this fungus inside the roaches box for any reason. I never had casualties resulting of this fungus and with the time my Trichorhina tomentosa, which I have in all humid containers, eliminated all of the fungus (I think it was because of the isopods, but there also may have been other reasons). So a panic complete replacement of the substrate everytime a yellow fungus is seen is not obligatory nessecary in my opinion. Some years ago I made good experience with grave compost for my deep digging species. But espacially when it is a rare or expensive roach species I am allways too afraid to use any soil for which I do not definitivly know that it does not contain for example ivy leavs or parts of toxic bark. I think when I would have an appropriate sylvan nearby I would search for a good place to get wood soil. Greetings, Marco
  9. Marco Sonnenscheisse

    Over the Ocean

    Ok thank you I did not know, is this for certain? I ask because the new genus Pseudoglomeris instead of Corydidarum has been controversial discussed and not been accepted.
  10. Marco Sonnenscheisse

    Over the Ocean

    Here an actual list of the cockroach species I have in culture: Aeluropoda insignis Archimandrita sp. "Panama, Cerro Chucanti" Balta notulata Blaberus craniifer "Black Wings" Blaptica dubia Corydidarum pygmaea Decoralampra fulgencioi Dorylea orini Elliptorhina davidi Gyna caffrorum Gyna centurio Gyna lurida Hemithyrsocera palliata Hormetica sp. "Kolumbien" Lucihormetica grossei Macropanesthia rhinoceros Melanozosteria nitida (Thailand, Surat Thani, Khao Sok National Park) Morphna dotata Nauphoeta cinerea Panchlora nivea Panesthia angustipennis angustipennis Panesthia angustipennis brevipennis Panesthia angustipennis cognata Paranauphoeta formosana Paratemnopteryx couloniana Phoetalia pallida Pseudomops septentrionalis Simandoa conserfariam Symploce pallens Therea regularis Thorax porcellana
  11. Marco Sonnenscheisse

    Specific roach species that tend to smell?

    The most stinking species I know: - Rhyparobia maderae, the goldies too. If their defensive secret gets onto human skin it leaves a also stinking spot for some days. - Eurycotis opaca - marcipan like, but only nice in little dose, in high dose it hardens breathing. - Eurycotis floridana - the "skunk roaches" trivial name recflects its programme - Syploce pallens - if the colony gets stressed it smells like hamster cage - Periplaneta americana has a strong odor, too, I agree Greetings, Marco
  12. Marco Sonnenscheisse

    Over the Ocean

    Hello! One plan to get the number of roach species low is that I don´t collect f.e. all abailable Blaberus spp., one is enough (the lovely Black Wings) or instead of all availble hisser species only Aeluropoda insignis (they do not hiss that much, so I recently purchased Elliptorhina davidi ). I have no specialisation like I have for my tarantulas, my roach species are rare, good feeders or I simply like them for any reason. Greetings, Marco
  13. Marco Sonnenscheisse

    Some of my beauties

    Hello! They are more sturdy than I thouht and relative fast breeders. I started with 10 in all sizes. Temperatures I have at 27-28°C and humidity high, 70-80% (rain forest climate). They are night active and hiding in the day. Food like all my other roaches - different sorts of fruits and vegetables, dry cat food with oat flakes. They like to eat hazelnut leaves and the bark of young twigs (a real personal tip, some species eat this more than everything else). Beech and oak is ok, too. I think they eat a lot compared to many other species. The young nymphs like to hide in the rolled, dry leaves. This reduces climbing and hiding in the slit between box and lid. They squeeze through real small openings and run over vaseline layers like they would not be there. Olive oil is better. Redundant to mention - all stages are glass climbers. Substrat only 2 or 3 cm, I take coco humus. A quarter to a half humid, the rest dry. If it gets too dry the young nymphs could die. And no, not the adults nor the nyphs do burrow. Sizes: N1 approximately 3mm Males maximum a bit less than 20mm Females maximum a bit more than 25mm I wish you a lot of fun and good results with the Thorax! Greetings, Marco
  14. Marco Sonnenscheisse

    Some of my beauties

    Hello! I want to show you some of my more uncommon [here in Europe] roach species. My foto size reduction is slightly better than in my last topic and I will further try to improve this. Melanozosteria nitida BRUNNER VON WATTENWYL 1865 (from Khai Sok in Thailand) Only under lights more redish than black, but look at the defensive secretion on their last abdominal segments. They are incredible fast runners. Thorax porcellana SAUSSURE 1862 (from India and Sri Lanka) Beautyful species from the Epilamprinae subfamily. Most fascinating are the baby cockroaches below their mothers wings for the first weeks. First rank breakout artists.
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    Some of my beauties

    .......and a teenager nymphae:
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    Some of my beauties

    Archimandrita sp. "Cerro Chucanti / Panama" Real giants with 8cm lenghts from head to wing ends, the female is nearly 5cm broad. Bigger than A.tesselata and looking a bit different. Adult female:
  17. Marco Sonnenscheisse

    Morphna dotata

    Hello! Six month ago I was able to purchase one pair of the beautiful Morphna dotata WALKER 1869. Better: some weeks ago, some days after the males death, the female produced 20 or some more nymphs. More better: some days ago she gave birth to another ootheca full of baby cockroaches. Here some pictures: Greetings, Marco
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    Morphna dotata

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    Morphna dotata

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