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Bantua sp. "Namibia"

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Finally got some of these beauties, one of the first to keep them in the US, fingers crossed they'll breed for me! :D Here are some pictures of a couple nymphs! 

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20 hours ago, NitroHydroRay said:

👍 Awesome

Thanks, I certainly think so! :D

17 hours ago, Dubia4Life said:

Excited to see some adults! Those look great!

Me too, hopefully should have some adults within a month or so, not actually sure how long these take to mature... 

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One of the nymphs matured, it's a female! :D

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A true beauty! :D Turns out the nymphs produce a waxy substance all over their exoskeletons, similar to Porcellionides isopods and several desert Tenebrionids, which aids in preventing dehydration! These are the only roaches I know of that produce this substance, even the adults have a thin layer of it! There really isn't anything like these in Blatticulture, they are so unique, really glad to be working with them! 

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One of my males matured! :D

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neat! I never heard of these, it's very interesting that they produce a waxy substance to keep them from dehydrating much like a blue death feigning beetle I assume? 

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6 hours ago, Auz said:

neat! I never heard of these, it's very interesting that they produce a waxy substance to keep them from dehydrating much like a blue death feigning beetle I assume? 

Yeah, they are a relatively new arrival to the hobby, and an obscure one at that. Yes, much like BDFBs and some other Tenebrionids, I believe the waxy coating aids in preventing dehydration, since they come from a very arid habitat. :)

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1 minute ago, JavaJavanica said:

These are gorgeous!! 

Thanks, I certainly think so! :D

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Here's one of my super plump and probably gravid females, fingers crossed I get babies from her soon! :D

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Here's a couple pics of a subadult male, you can really see the waxy coating well here:

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2 hours ago, Hisserdude said:

Here's a couple pics of a subadult male, you can really see the waxy coating well here:

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Very, VERY beautiful, I love that unique, waxy look they have. Are they friendly? I can't wait to see how they grow and develop over time. :)

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3 hours ago, Shon2 said:

Very, VERY beautiful, I love that unique, waxy look they have. Are they friendly? I can't wait to see how they grow and develop over time. :)

Thanks, me too, definitely one of the more unique species to enter the hobby in a while. :) I don't know exactly what you mean by "friendly" lol, if you mean to ask if they are calm, then not especially, they usually scurry away pretty quickly when disturbed. Thanks, hoping for babies here pretty soon! 😄

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