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  1. Dubia roach as far as it is known are a sexually dimorphic species that requires both male and female to breed there are a few species of roaches that can reproduce through parthenogenesis and the one that is known to go through parthenogenesis and is bred in captivity for insect hobbyists is the Surinam roach ( Pycnoscelus surinamensis ). Most likely what happened is that their is a small male hidden in your colony. Some male dubia roaches have lighter colors and is possibly blending in with the lobster roaches.
  2. I've read the paper on morphology research, it is truly fascinating material, However the statement regarding the use of bacteria wasn't officially confirm in fact the research states that even wild caught male Lucihormetica verrucosa didn't exhibit any indications of bioluminescence. However when the species was originally discovered it was noted that these abilities although not produced by the roaches themselves were present. I did mention their lack to produce their own light in my first statement. The research paper does support the fact that based on the tissue analyzed from the transparent knobs of the males that they have many of the proper tissue structures to produce light the species simply can't produce its own.
  3. Thanks Tenevanica It would make sense but considering the environment and ecosystem the Lucihormetica species live in the wild their preference for high moisture and humidity as well as living close to rivers and streams provides a perfect environment for both glowing bacteria and fungi to thrive and in their natural habitat bioluminescent species of mushrooms do exist so its not completely unplausible although it hasn't been disproven yet either. Given that factor I would at least like to try and see this through to the end to observe if it is true or false. Either way I there would be no lose in trying. If it does work then it will be an amazing light show to observe by night and if not. Lucihormetica roaches have interesting semi-social behaviors and are themselves gorgeous roaches. Not to mention I would have an awesome terrarium full of glowing mushrooms.
  4. So there has been a rumor circulating among roach enthusiasts that feeding bioluminescent mushrooms or fungi to Lucihormetica roach species (glow spot roach species) can recreate the bioluminescent features that the species have in the wild. Considering the morphology of lucihormetica the glow spots on their prothorax is a section of thin transparent exoskeleton membrane instead of a specialized organ like that of fire flies. This means that the muscles of Lucihormetica species glow and is apparent in areas where the exoskeleton is thin or transparent. This is evident in the very few photos of wild individuals. Now reading the research of Orin McMonigle and others who specialize in roach husbandry. In general the coloration of adult roaches can be altered slightly through the food they ingest during their development as nymphs as well as genetic color variations and diversity (this is best shown in the wide array and coloration of Dubia roaches and mix bred hisser roaches). With this in mind could it be possible to create adult roaches with traces of bioluminescence by feeding them glowing mushrooms or fungi through the duration of their nymph phases??? I would like a second opinion on this possible experiment.
  5. I checked out the site a couple of weeks ago and they have a wider array of glowing fungi but I found some of their kits are cheaper on Amazon overall including shipping I guess they have a partnership with Amazon.com.
  6. Oh yeah I've seen them but I need to get some freshly cut wood first to culture the fungi on
  7. I definitely will and if I can I will be more then happy to provide pictures as well because for some reason images of lucihormetica species glowing in the dark seem to be very scarce.
  8. So a few books (all written by Orin McMonigle) and a few websites all mention that roach species of the Lucihormetica family are unable to produce the bioluminscent light they produce in the wild due to a missing bacteria or fungi in their diet. However I have heard from one or two sites (the most prominent being Roach Crossing.com) that if a glowspot roach is given flourescent or bioluminescent mushrooms or fungi that it can recreate the bioluminescent trait that the glow spot roach species...

  9. Interesting ok cuz I'm definitely interested in breeding L verrucosa especially because I've been hearing a lot that if you feed the roaches fluorescent or bioluminescent mushrooms it can recreate the bioluminescent effect they have in the wild.
  10. That is exactly what i have done the rest of the colony already has color morph or color traits that vary from tiger like strips to semi gold morphs.
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