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Posts posted by wizentrop

  1. I second what Roman Buck said - at least for P. aegyptiaca - use fine sand, and keep it dry. They will get all the water they need from food (fruit and veggies).

    As for the oothecae - they take very long to hatch, I had mine hatching after 10 months-1year. I separeted them from the roaches and kept them in a box containing woodshavings. I added just the tiniest bit of water for humidity, about 10%, kept it constant and waited. After they hatched, I transferred them with the adults as they tend to grow better with bigger specimens munching on the food first.

  2. Good suggestion Thomas, I thought about it too - but when I looked closely at the famous Xestoblatta sp. photo I found some differences.

    In Panchlora nivea and this unnamed white species, the wings and the pronotum have a wide transparent margin. In addition, the pronotum is oval.

    In Xestoblatta sp. it looks like the wing margins are yellow (probably with a very thin transparent part) and the pronotum too has a very thin transparent margin. And the pronotum shape is completely different, it looks almost triangular. The pronotum shape itself might be enough to determine that the white roach does not belong to genus Xestoblatta.

    Here are some photos for comparison (not mine):

    Panchlora nivea -


    White "Panchlora", by the same source in Belize -



    Xestoblatta sp. -


  3. I am new here in this forum (haven't even introduced myself), but I can confirm this species is entirely white -

    Last september I visted in Belize for a workshop and found a female of these white Panchlora sp. (although it is possible this is a different genus). I will see if I have a decent photo of it - and will post later.

    I intend to return to Belize for scientific work (on a different group of invertebrates) this time with collecting permits in hand. I cannot wait to collect this beautiful roach and verify which species it is.