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What to feed Panesthia angustipennis spadica

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Hello ALl,

I am trying to find out if these particular species, need the adults to grow to adulthood?

Panesthia angustipennis spadica

Panesthia angustipennis yayeyamensis

I want to know if the can make it on their own just with rotten wood or they still need the adults to replenish the bacteria that process the wood in their guts.

I heard that some US wood roaches need the adults to replenish the bacteria specially after they molt as they molt their stomach linner containg the bacteria that breaks down the wood.

I hope I made myself clear.

francisco

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I'm not sure anyone has really been successful with P. a. spadica. The only success I've heard of occurs for people who can wild collect gravid adult females. Nymphs eat rotten wood and grow but seem to dwindle away after a year or two. A little bit of dog food and fruit might help (unlike P.a.angustipennis they won't eat these things with gusto). The Cryptocercus are a very different and unique type of roach and even they don't actually need the adults around -- I know this because I reared a few nymphs to adulthood after their parents died, it took about four years as I learned the genus Cryptocercus is quite slow growing.

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I'm not sure anyone has really been successful with <i>P. a. spadica</i>. The only success I've heard of occurs for people who can wild collect gravid adult females. Nymphs eat rotten wood and grow but seem to dwindle away after a year or two. A little bit of dog food and fruit might help (unlike <i>P.a.angustipennis </i>they won't eat these things with gusto). The<i> Cryptocercus</i> are a very different and unique type of roach and even they don't actually need the adults around -- I know this because I reared a few nymphs to adulthood after their parents died, it took about four years as I learned the genus <i>Cryptocercus</i> is quite slow growing.

I have many Panesthia species in my breeding and rearing them without some problems.

I have problem with Cryptocercus- because they need low temperature-I must use special chiller.

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