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  1. Is the thing closed? If so, I would expect it to hatch.
  2. That really sucks... I had hoped they arrived by now. Every time I watch this topic, their arrival seems to be farther off Let's hope they reside at a cool place somewhere in a pack house...
  3. Great! They look beautiful. May I ask why the handgloves? Oh I wish that we had those guys here in Europe
  4. Very nice and good explanation! Quite similar to what I do, albeit that yours look definitely better. I recognize the 'broken plastic' issue. I did not dare to return to the shop... Buying a sealed container to have a hole punched in I use stainless steel frying pan splatter guard as mesh. It's very fine (< 0.5 mm / 0.019685 inch holes), stainless, and because it's metal, I can melt it in place with a soldering iron. I use a metal plate cutter to cut out round pieces that are a bit larger than the hole I've drilled. I mainly use it to keep small nymphs in, but of course keeping gnats out would work as well. And whatever wants to pass, it better had strong teeth!
  5. It took a while, but today I found three adult Therea bernhardti roaches in the bin! The video needs some editing first.
  6. I collect tiny nymps with a trap. A small box with food and tiny holes of such size that only the nymphs can enter. Once there are enough nymphs in it, I put my finger over the holes and take the trap out of the enclosure.
  7. There indeed on a coco fibre + crushed oak leaves + forest soil + a bit of sand with rounded grains (less abbrasive). So only for the pictures... But anyway thanks for your concerns! Now you mention it, the females have stopped being restless now they have ootheca... I guess they settled down with a 'ladies only' life style
  8. And there they are! Two ladies towing around an ootheca... (a video will follow soon)
  9. A few weeks at best for some, tow days ago another shed unto adulthood. So I suppose it won't take long to see the first ootheca. Do the ootheca remain attached for a while before being dropped?
  10. I keep it bone dry with one corner moist. Is that what you do as well? Your advice is very welcome!
  11. After a week? That's fast... Well, I hope mine will do so soon then... (keeping fingers crossed). And when did the second batch come? I suppose they're not to prolific as the Eupolyphaga sinensis (which are like ootheca production units).
  12. Maybe it's a temporary issue... She might settle down if no male turns up? Or perhaphs once she starts to produce an ootheca? Then the long waiting can start.... Btw @Hisserdude didn't you had ootheca and nymphs a long while after?
  13. Last night, one of my adult female Polyphaga saussurei roaches surprised me with her effort to climb the temperature sensor hanging in the enclosure. As I mentioned previously, my adult saussurei roaches are, let's say... restless. It's the same every evening, a few hours after the lights go out (except the red lights). What I had not expected, was how 'motivated' this roach was to climb to a higher spot. My hypothesis at the moment is that these roaches try to find a higher spot (be it a trunk or a rock) to sit on and be found by a male. I'm pretty sure there is more than meets the eye: pheromones most likely (love is in the air?). The sub-adults stay hidden all the time, but this one... I could even touch her and it took some probing for her to release and burrow again in the substrate (to reappear half an hour later). I changed the wire configuration to thwart the next attempt (the enclosure does not have a lid, as I did not expect such action from these 'non-climbers'). Anyone else got such bold Polyphaga roaches?
  14. Or perhaps have the agar soak for a few hours before boiling? Of boil it and reboil it a second time (in the microwave)? But there is agar and agar, at least I found that with one brand I need to add substantially more than the other. You mileage may vary...
  15. Very nice species! I'll put them on my wish list
  16. You got me thinking about this... Next time I will make some agar cubes with plain water and instead of storing them in water with banana aroma, I'll store them in water with a bit of fruit juice. I'll see how that works.
  17. @WarrenBLikely it will mold after a while, depending how much sugar there is. Also keep in mind that if the pH is low due to the fruit, the agar solidifies less well. But of course, one can add a tiny bit of fruit to 'flavor' the gel. Let us know how it goes!
  18. @Hisserdude: Did your adults became restless in the period before producing an ootheca? My adults females seem to 'wait' above ground for a male to arrive... Btw great pictures!
  19. Since a few months I have a bin with wild caught Ectobius sylvestris roaches. I had a number of males (+-4) and a few females (+-6). When I caught them, they were still nymphs, but soon became adults. The males only lasted a few weeks as adult, while the females still do well. I'm not sure what that means. Do the males live shorter, yet still fertilize the females? I guess I'll find out. I still don't have the feeling that I master the keeping of these roaches well. I consider it a challenge... Suggestions and comments are very welcome! Below: female Ectobius sylvestris eating a bit of fish food flakes.
  20. Does anyone else use agar gel instead of water crystals to water their roaches? This is what I do: I make a 1% agar gel. I mix the agar with water and boil it. Next I poor it into a plastic box and let it cool. After that I cut it in small blocks and put them in a container with water. To the water I add a very small amount of isoamyl acetate (an aroma that is natural in bananas) to attract the roaches. I add about one drop in 4 gallons of water. It gives the agar cubes just a feint smell of banana. I keep the agar cubes in the refrigerator. There I can keep them for months without any mold showing up. Also when I add them to the roach bins, it never molds. So for me this works very well. And I like the idea that agar is a natural substance in contrast to the water crystals. My Dipteretrum hanstroemi, Eupolyphaga sinensis and Archimandrita tesselata roaches readily eat it. The polyphaga species here rather neglect it. In the latter case, the cubes just dry and shrink. Anyone else?
  21. They do fine without light. You can use red light if you want to see them (they hardly see red light, if they see it at all). I keep my roaches under red light in the evening, so I can enjoy them doing whatever roaches do.
  22. It would be nice if we could see the pictures without needing an account on Avianavenue.... Can't you upload them here?
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