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    Panchlora sp. "White"!

    Yes, thank you. I haven't seen this being mentioned anywhere. More of my boxes were inspected this summer than last year. Most still went through and reached their destination, especially those with arachnids, but I think there has been some change in the inspection protocol. On the other hand, there were some nice organized imports to the US this year using Reptile Express, like the velvet worms.
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    Panchlora sp. "White"!

    I still have plenty. I sent some nymphs to Taiwan this year and they arrived well.
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    Hormetica strumosa

    EDIT, Nov 2019: In light of new information, this species is NOT Hormetica apolinari, but Hormetica strumosa. A little less-showy than their relatives, Lucihormetica, these are a new addition to the hobby. What they lack in glowspots they make up for in size, robustness, the presence of prominent horns in males, and behavior. They are also quite prolific. Hands down one of the most rewarding species to keep.
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    Hormetica strumosa

    IT WORKS! Thanks for the heads up, @Hisserdude
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    Hormetica strumosa

    I guess I should update this thread. After some discussions with @Hisserdude, and in light of a new scientific paper, it appears that this species is NOT Hormetica apolinari, but Hormetica strumosa. I am not afraid to admit when I am wrong when there is enough evidence so I will change all me labels from now on, and you should do the same. Unfortunately I cannot edit the thread's title.. but I will put a notice in the opening post.
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    Hormetica strumosa

    @Ghoul I can send you some to Europe, PM me. I just sent a group of nymphs to Taiwan, so maybe they will also establish in the hobby in Asia.
  7. A lot of people have been asking me about the species of Panchlora in culture, and why I price the white roaches differently than the others. More specifically, people wanted to know about their size difference. I took a photo to show you the sizes of Panchlora "white" and P. "speckled", compared to P. nivea. Please note that my P. nivea come from a wild population, so they might not be P. nivea at all, but their size is identical to P. nivea that is in culture. These are all unmated females. P. "speckled" is slightly bigger than P. nivea, and Panchlora "white" is even bigger. You can also see the color difference between the species, but I'll note that the light conditions for photographing them were not ideal. Panchlora are known to be very reflective. Besides the body color, you can also see differences in the color of their antennae.
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    Panchlora spp. comparison

    Yup, I posted an ad for them a week ago. Probably one of the rarest roaches in culture right now - apart from my two original colonies, I know of only one other person who is keeping them.
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    The real Capucina sp. (Zetoborinae)

    Lovely! This is a species I have not yet seen in the wild. I must admit, they are much smaller than I originally thought. Very cute roach.
  10. It might not be hot news, but I thought I'd share a new cockroach that I started breeding. Even when it comes to mainstream species, I always prefer to work with wildtypes (meaning strains that originated from known, wild populations) because I feel there is often too much mixing and hybridizing in the arthropod hobby, leading to weaker captive populations. Nymphs of this roach were collected in a small Honduran cave as an unidentified "Blaberus sp.". It appears to be a variety of Blaberus giganteus, with wide black banding and a darker color tone. Adults begin as white individuals but very quickly turn orange. The funny thing is that I never planned to keep B. giganteus. I avoided them due to their bad reputation - low tolerance for crowding and cannibalism. But this strain seems to be ok with it, I still have all the original adults sharing the space with hundreds of nymphs, and while their wings are no longer intact (well, they use them for courtship after all), they are still kicking. They seem to be very hardy.
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    Hyporhicnoda sp. "Panama"

    Those are very nice!
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    Blaberus sp.

    Thanks, it might be easier once I see some nymphs.
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    Blaberus sp.

    Anyone wants to take a stab at identifying this Blaberus from northern Colombia? It is massive.
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    Lanxoblatta rudis

    The magical moment of birth
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    Lanxoblatta rudis

    It's time to welcome another new species into the hobby - Lanxoblatta rudis! This beautiful bark roach is native to South America. They are flat, and I do mean *flat*, because they spend most of their time on tree bark, feeding on moss and fungi. Adults are dark maroon in color and bullet-shaped (photo is of a female, males look the same just flatter). But the nymphs... oh, the nymphs! They bring me much joy. They have body extensions that give them a disk shape. This is an adaptation against ants - nymphs will hunker down and merge with the bark when provoked. I will post more photos below. This species requires some experience in husbandry, but once you get them going they are very rewarding to watch. They are active despite their cryptic appearance. I would rate their breeding difficulty as intermediate. They require a smooth bark substrate (cork is not a very good alternative, it is too rough), high humidity, and minimal ventilation. Not very picky eaters. Not good fliers, but excellent climbers. Females give birth to 20 nymphs or so.
  16. This is great news and definitely a step in the right direction. I share your notion that Megaloblatta's oothecae are tough like bricks and must go through some kind of process in order to hatch. What was really interesting for me to read were the observations on diet preferences between adults and nymph. This means that they possibly occupy different habitats in the wild. Maybe the nymphs have a specialized diet, or are associated with other insects (termites, fulgorids). Another option is that they stay close to the mother and she directly feeds them or prepares processed food for them. I am not sure I would go this far, but it is not too far fetched when talking about cockroaches. In any case, well done on hatching them and I hope they do well!
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    Schizopilia fissicollis

    They eat from all sides of the bark, regardless of whether there is food on it or not. My guess is that they require some of the wood fiber in their diet.
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    Schizopilia fissicollis

    Yes, this is typical (also for Lanxoblatta), and one of the reasons that proper bark of good quality should be used with them, as opposed to cork. You can see in the photo I posted below that they slowly degrade the substrate, first by creating pockets for them to sit in, and then by actually making holes.
  19. @Xenoblatta when I said pupae, I meant crushed pupae, to give the roaches an easy "start". They did not respond to other "prey" for me. They definitely don't go after live and active prey, because they are not built for it. Yes, you can say they are opportunistic - will eat whatever they stumble upon. Want to see something cool? Try to give them bird droppings, most chances they will take it. Mine were P. bilunata, a bit bigger than yours, but I did not succeed with the oothecae. Be careful with aphids as some feed on poisonous plants and are therefore toxic.
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    Schizopilia fissicollis

    Very nice. I am keeping a related species (Lanxoblatta) so for me it was very interesting to see the subtle differences in the appearance of the nymphs, especially visible in the first photo you uploaded. Keep us updated on their progress.
  21. 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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    Phortioeca phoraspoides

    Very nice to see those in breeding. I had a different species, and although they are similar to Lanxoblatta in many ways (like the need for flat wood pieces), I agree that they take substrate dryness much better than their smaller relatives. It's a great genus to work with. @Hisserdude Their nymphs are a bit bulkier than Lanoblatta's.
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    Lanxoblatta rudis (Rough Bark Roach)

    @Chimera For sure I will have them available again once it becomes possible to ship - I already have too many!
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    Hormetica strumosa

    One more. You can understand now why I wanted to make this species more available out there.
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    Hormetica strumosa

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