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  1. Cork is ideal. Lightweight, non-combustible, thermal and acoustic insulation, beautiful...
  2. Dear forum members. I am compiling some rough data on cockroach reproduction for my Environmental Biotechnology classes. We are talking about blatticompost and the use of cockroaches to process waste. As an introduction to the topic I am interested in some reproduction data on some species. I have found data on some species, but I have information gaps. I know that these data can vary greatly by various factors, but a rough number is ok. I particularly need: Length of gestation period of Cariblatta lutea and Neostylopyga_rhombifolia. Duration of nymph stage of Blaberus craniifer, Byrsotria_fumigata, Cariblatta_lutea, Diploptera_punctata, Leucophaea_maderae, Neostylopyga_rhombifolia, Periplaneta_australiasea, Periplaneta_brunnea and Supella_supellectilium. Species longevity in Blaberus craniifer, Byrsotria_fumigata, Cariblatta_lutea, Diploptera_punctata, Eurycotis_floridana, Neostylopyga_rhombifolia, Periplaneta_australiasea, Periplaneta_brunnea and Supella_supellectilium. Thank you very much if you can help me fill in some gaps. Regards **************************************************************************** Daniel Patón Numerical Ecology. Ecology Unit Department of Plant Biology, Ecology and Earth Sciences Faculty of Sciences. University of Extremadura Avda. Elvas s/n 06071 Badajoz (Spain) ORCID RESEARCHGATE ****************************************************************************
  3. Dear Colleagues: I have recently acquired some rather large 80x60x42 cm (31.5x23.6x16.5 ") stackable plastic boxes. I had intended to move my Eublaberus spp "Ivory" there but have found that there is condensation. I do not want to open new holes because I do not want to leak or weaken the walls, since four boxes are stacked in each column. When I bought the boxes I was thinking of placing 15 cm of substrate for the nymphs and vertical egg cups or bark for adults, but the condensation is probably forcing me to change species. Someone suggest me some species with these requirements: - Does not require much temperature to reproduce. - Likes or at least tolerates wet substrate. - Eat enough and all kinds of food, mainly kitchen waste, coffee grounds, paper, etc... - The nymphs are diggers and the adults not so much. I had thought of changing to Eublaberus posticus, but perhaps there is a more recommendable species. Thanks **************************************************************************** Daniel Patón Numerical Ecology. Ecology Unit Department of Plant Biology, Ecology and Earth Sciences Faculty of Sciences. University of Extremadura Avda. Elvas s/n 06071 Badajoz (Spain) https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2500-3964 https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Daniel_Paton/ ****************************************************************************
  4. For some time I have been putting away the Eublaberus "ivory" nymphs in plastic boxes with a deep substrate. My idea is to give them more protein and isolate them from the adults to see if they grow faster. I found them at the bottom of the box which was about 20 cm deep. I don't know if that will help.
  5. My ivory cockroaches are breeding like crazy. They have a small heating plate of about 20x20 cm and nothing else. I have put egg cups and cork on top and about 15 cm of substrate (leaf litter and humus). I am literally flooded with nymphs. Hundreds of them in one month produced by 500 adults. When I sieve the substrate I move them to other containers and they grow fast with dog food and vegetables. I think this species is the best, but I have only tried Aeluropoda, Pycnoscelus and Dubia.
  6. Hi. I have kept for a while Aeluropoda insignis, Eublaberus "ivory" and Blaptica dubia together. In the end I have left the three species Eublaberus alone. I don't see that in terms of composting I would contribute anything by mixing them. There were also isopods and mealworms in small numbers. I have acquired Pycnoscelus surinamensis recently, but I have doubts whether Pycnoscelus nigra would not have been better. In any case it seems to me that the best are the Eublaberus. They reproduce better than any other species. I have hundreds of nymphs.... Here I show you my design...
  7. Dear forum: I would like to comment on an observation I made with my Aeluropoda. When I put fresh vegetables on them they take a long time to eat. If I put partially poached vegetables into them after they have been stored for a few days in a plastic container, they eat them immediately. Since I want to use them to degrade household waste, this is of some importance. What strikes me is that with other species this difference is not so marked. For example, with my Blaptica, which does not seem to like paper or fibrous foods. My Eublaberus eat anything fastly. This leads me to consider the ecology of this species. I guess in nature like rotten leaves from those tropical rainforests. Any suggestions on that?. Thank you D
  8. Not really. My experience is only with Eublaberus spp "ivory", Blaptica dubia and Aeluropoda insignis.
  9. Dear colleagues: My name is Daniel Patón and I am a professor of Ecology at the University of Extremadura (Spain). I teach two subjects Environmental Biotechnology and Experimental Techniques in Ecology. My specialization is the analysis of environmental data. I am interested in invertebrate composites such as isopods, worms, mealworms, soldier flies and of course cockroaches. We touch on these topics in my classes, but I have a lot to learn. I can bring knowledge of applied statistics and interdisciplinary training. 1. Do you currently raise any roaches? I currently care for three species of cockroaches: Eublaberus spp. "ivory", Aeluropoda insignis and Blaptica dubia. My main interest is the degradation of waste for composting. 2. If so, how many? I have several terrariums with hundreds of animals. I also have soldier flies (Hermetia illucens), mealworms (Tenebrio molitor) and two species of worms (Dendrobaena veneta and Eisenia fetida). I dedicate them to research and practical classes with my Environmental Biotechnology students. 3. Do you culture roaches as pets or feeders? I am mainly interested in degrading waste and generating compost 4. If feeders, what kinds? I'm interested in finding the species that degrades the most, doesn't require a lot of temperature, doesn't fly, is easy to handle and is not invasive. Some of these concepts are contradictory, but I'm still looking. So far Eublaberus and Aleuropoda are winning. 5. Are there any specific roach questions that you would like to ask the community? Yes, I would like to know which species would be suitable to set up a waste degradation centre in a place where the winter temperature does not usually go below 32 F (0ºC) zero degrees outside and reaches 113 F (45ºC) in summer. I suppose that in well-insulated buildings it would not be very expensive to heat. I am interested in the fact that the species is not invasive, although I understand that those that escape would die in winter. 6. How did you find our community? Asking experts like Kyle Kandilian, they told me about this excellent forum. It's not easy to find in searches, at least from Europe it didn't come up. I think it is a perfect forum, very well structured, clear and simple. Extremely useful Greetings **************************************************************************** Daniel Patón Numerical Ecology. Ecology Unit Department of Plant Biology, Ecology and Earth Sciences Faculty of Sciences. University of Extremadura Avda. Elvas s/n 06071 Badajoz (Spain) https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2500-3964 https://cvn.fecyt.es/0000-0003-2500-3964 http://unex.academia.edu/DanielPatonDominguez https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Daniel_Paton/ http://sites.google.com/site/numericalecologyuex/home ****************************************************************************
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