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    Lanxoblatta rudis

    @Hisserdude I am sure I don't have to tell you this, but don't even consider using bark from those conifers. All roaches will consume some fibers off bark, Lanxoblatta no exception. Conifer bark may contain some toxic compounds. Anyway, with cardboard the main problem is that you have to change it every couple of weeks. It is possible if you are attentive to your collection, but it will cause some stress for your roaches.
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    Lanxoblatta rudis

    They will use cardboard too, the problem is that it absorbs water very quickly and also molds. Beech or birch bark worked best for my li'l guys.
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    Lanxoblatta rudis (Rough Bark Roach)

    @Redmont if I remember correctly you got 2 pairs too, just in nymph stage.
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    Panchlora sp. "Speckled"

    @Redmont I have them available if you are interested. Let me know (via PM) if you want to add them to your order
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    Lanxoblatta rudis

    A cute nymph, just to show you how flat they are.
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    Lanxoblatta rudis

    An adult male with true colors
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    Lanxoblatta rudis

    I think people here like the scale photos I provide, so here is a freshly molted adult pair. Male is on the right, female on the left. Too bad they do not keep these fiery colors, I really love this look.
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    Lanxoblatta rudis

    So... no one wants to have a go at assigning a common name for this species?
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    Lanxoblatta rudis

    I am not surprised, @Nicolas Rousseaux! After all, they belong to the same tribe, and have similar life history. I would love to see photos of yours.
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    Lanxoblatta rudis

    A group of nymphs on beech bark with a freshly molted one
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    Lanxoblatta rudis

    @Redmont I tried with several conehead katydids (among those were the spiny devils), they are very prone to bad molting (not to mention the cannibalism, even among adults). And then, they are very reluctant to lay eggs. So not worth the investment until I figure out a better way to keep them, maybe one day in the far future. Other groups of katydids are easier.
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    Lanxoblatta rudis

    @Hisserdude A container 10inch tall should be enough. And definitely yes to barks leaning one against another, they like to hide. No special space is needed for molting, they are already extremely flat. No signs of cannibalism. They don't go for dog food. @Redmont I am not a collector, if that's your question. I do research there from time to time. Whatever I post here are remnants from surveys I did in the past.
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    Lanxoblatta rudis

    The photos are a visual aid only, don't take them as a literal expression of how the enclosure should look like. A base substrate is needed to retain humidity, it can be peat or coco fiber or soil. It does not matter because the roaches will not be using it. As for the bark, it needs to be vertical, and not too rough because the nymphs like to lay tight on the bark. A rough surface makes them stressed and restless. Both flat and curved barks work. I will even go one step further and say that a flat wood board (like MDF) should work too. I have not tried it, but from what I learned about this species, they will probably accept it. I mentioned they feed on moss and fungi but it would be difficult to replicate this diet in captivity. They do well on a fruit diet, I did not notice any issues. In fact, the F1 roaches are way bigger than the wild ones I originally collected, I see this as a good sign that there is no nutritional deficiency.
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    Lanxoblatta rudis

    Yes, they are see-through! I will post more photos of these soon. I have many adults right now. Once my current females give birth I will be able to offer some nymphs.
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    Lanxoblatta rudis

    A closer look on a Lanxoblatta rudis nymph
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    Lanxoblatta rudis

    A group of small nymphs
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    Hormetica apolinari

    @Redmont I am not into trading these days, but regardless - I am not a fan of people offering species before obtaining them and establishing colonies. In any case, I saw your list and nothing stands out for me there, sorry.
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    Hormetica apolinari

    Nymphs are built like tanks, but are not very different from Lucihormetica nymphs. They have a yellow mask.
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    Hormetica apolinari

    Male showing off some horns
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    Hormetica apolinari

    A photo to give some sense of scale. As you can see they are pretty massive. I'm a guy in his mid-30's, so my hand isn't exactly small. You can see a female in the back.
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    "Little Penguin Roach" photo request.

    Oh my. These are really tiny. Very pretty!
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    Hormetica apolinari

    That's the fun part, nature is full of surprises!
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    Hormetica apolinari

    My bad, I'll try come up with something better next time
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    Hormetica apolinari

    @CodeWilster I will post more photos soon. I just wanted to start this thread and show you guys the males.
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    Hormetica apolinari

    @Hisserdude I just checked Morgan Hebard's original description of H. apolinari from 1919, there is no explanation given for the species name (and that is a bit unusual)
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