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    Keeping inverts, including cockroaches! Also gardening, reading, playing Monster Hunter and watching My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and Doctor Who.

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  1. Hisserdude

    Bantua sp. "Namibia"

    Thanks, I certainly think so!
  2. And yes, I made a similar post back in 2017, but I figured I'd just go more in depth, since there still seems to be some confusion nowadays, (for example people in the US still call their Diploptera cf. minor "D.punctata", which is incorrect according to Evangelista, punctata are quite a bit bigger).
  3. So this might be old news to some of you, but just in case, I thought I'd reiterate some findings made a couple years back by the taxonomist Dominic Evangelista, and prominent European blatticulturist @Nicolas Rousseaux of the Cafarnarium. You can read the original post here on Facebook, but I figured I'd copy and paste the important parts here on the forum for those who don't frequent FB: Identification by D. Evangelista, based on animals reared in captivity, mainly strains from the Cafarnarium: Diploptera punctata ==> Diploptera cf. minor Uncertain, but it's obviously not Diploptera punctata, and Diploptera minor seems very close. Ischnoptera sp. “Costa Rica” ==> Ischnoptera rufa “Costa Rica" Symploce macroptera ==> Symploce incuriosa Other changes: Eublaberus sp. "Ivory" ==> Eublaberus cf. distanti "Ivory" Unconfirmed opinion from D. Evangelista. Eublaberus sp. “Pantanal, Mato Grosso, Brazil” ==> Eublaberus cf. serranus “Brazil, Mato Grosso, Pantanal” Currently discussed on specialised forum. Gromphadorhina sp. "Ranomafana" ==> Gromphadorhina cf. portentosa "Madagascar, Ranomafana" The most probable species. Hemithyrsocera histrio ==> Hemithyrsocera vittata Now I've seen TYPES from these two species at the Museum, it's IMPOSSIBLE it's H. histrio. H. vittata, in picture (don't pay attention to the label, wich refers to an other individual in the box, bad framing due to the excitation of the situation) is highly, highly probable. Panesthia angustipennis angustipennis ==> Panesthia angustipennis angustipennis “Roth’s original stock” As this strain is diferent from other Panesthia angustipennis angustipennis and looks like Panesthia angustipennis cognata, this precision seems necessary. They are the descendants from the stock of Louis M. Roth.
  4. Hisserdude

    Hawai'ian cockroach stowaway

    That's great, fingers crossed you get a pair or two, I mean you've got 7 now, you'd have to be quite unlucky to end up with a unisex group! 😂 Well not really a new species, rather an old one that people in the US kinda stopped breeding, still an amazing find though for sure, (and a great story as well! 😄). Adults are 45-50 mm in length, so kinda sizeable. And you can always put them in a clear ziploc baggie and turn them upside-down to sex them.
  5. Hisserdude

    Hormetica apolinari

    Who knows, there's been three editions of "For the Love of Rhinoceros and Stag Beetles! 😄
  6. Hisserdude

    Hormetica apolinari

    Exactly! And alas, they weren't even in the hobby when FTLOC came out LOL!
  7. Hisserdude

    Hormetica apolinari

    Yeah, they are very slow breeding, and I think they take around a year to mature... Definitely one of the prettiest roaches to enter the US hobby in the past few years, really hope they become more widespread in the hobby soon...
  8. Hisserdude

    Hormetica apolinari

    I believe almost everyone who got them from Gil has bred them successfully, but seeing as they are such slow breeders and growers, it'll be a while until they are readily available here.
  9. Yeah, it's a beautiful species, I only know of one breeder in Asia who's ever had them though... So it might be a while until we see them in the US.
  10. Yes, the species Orin talks about in his book is vittata. True H.histrio look very different from H.vittata, here's an image of a true H.histrio adult: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/21047336 Basically the most sought after roaches are new additions to the hobby, ones that are very difficult to breed long term, and ones that take forever to grow and have limited litter sizes. Also the prettier or more unique the roach, the more sought after it is. Thing is, people are more likely to forget about taking care of species that seem to be doing well for them, and Ectobiids tend to do well for people when they are being treated like royalty... Once a colony is established, that's when people get more lax and slip up, and while most roaches can take a few slip ups, most Ectobiids can not...
  11. The thing with Ectobiids is that while many are technically easy to breed in terms of dietary and setup requirements, and prolific at that, they are also very fragile, any mess ups or lapses in care, like if you forget to mist or feed them one time, and your culture will most likely completely crash. They are also sensitive to overcrowding, so if your colony gets too big and crowded, crash. Too many mites or springtails? Crash. Most smaller Ectobiids require consistent care, and a lot of people don't seem to be able to provide that for some reason, just forgetful I suppose, so a lot of people's cultures end up crashing.
  12. Hemithyrsocera histrio is almost nonexistent in the hobby, Hemithyrsocera vittata however, which was widely misidentified in the hobby AS H.histrio, is being kept by several European and Asian breeders with great success, still don't have them here in the US though, at least not in good numbers...
  13. Hisserdude

    Bantua sp. "Namibia"

    Yeah, they are a relatively new arrival to the hobby, and an obscure one at that. Yes, much like BDFBs and some other Tenebrionids, I believe the waxy coating aids in preventing dehydration, since they come from a very arid habitat.
  14. Hisserdude

    Bantua sp. "Namibia"

    One of my males matured!
  15. Hisserdude

    Gyna capucina (Pink Roach)

    More pictures of my male:
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