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Wood roach parthenogenic?

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I caught a cockroach, which i presume is a Parcoblatta sp. It was immature when i caught it. It molted once, and turned into an adult female. Months later, i open the cage to feed her, and by the food bowl is an ootheca! I dug through the substrate and found 2 more. What i don't understand is how? She was never subjected to a male the whole time i had her, so how did she lay 3 eggcases? Could she have mated while she was immature and retained the sperm? And how should i take care of the eggcases. Thanks in advance! :)

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Many insect species can produce infertile eggs, and roaches are not an exception. Haven't heard Parcoblatta reproducing asexually so I'm pretty sure your oothecae will never hatch.

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Awww, that sucks. Thanks for answering! :)

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Reptiles do the same thing.

Mantids do the same thing. But there are mantids that are parthenogenetic.

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