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  1. On 10/13/2020 at 8:52 AM, Matttoadman said:

    So what I wonder is if perhaps a diet that would be similar to what that species of aunt would eat might be helpful or even necessary? I would definitely research that ant , Because it would appear to me that there’s something about the ant colony that is necessary for rearing. Ants in general Feed on a lot of sugary items. They also have a period where they switch over to protein-based food. I wouldn’t even go as far as to collect some of those ants and kill them and feed them to the roaches. You never know there could be something in the gut of that ant that is necessary. Speculation of course

    Well I've bred Myrmecophilus without keeping them with ants, so I'm hoping I can do the same with the Myrmecoblatta, we'll see. I'm throwing everything I can at them diet wise. 

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  2. On 10/10/2020 at 1:00 PM, Matttoadman said:

    So have you thought of trying to start an ant colony to put them in with? Since they were found with a Campontus species you might could try one native to where you live? Camponotus pennsylvanica (the carpenter ant) is fairly common. 

    They actually seem to be picky about what Camponotus they'll nest with, Alan only found them in C.floridanus nests. Even if I had a compatible species in my area though, I'm not really interested in keeping ants. 

  3. Unfortunately my colony has had a big crash, they were having some nymph die offs and adults weren't giving birth, which I tied to a big Oribatid mite outbreak in their enclosure, which had gotten quite bad, and the roaches didn't want to eat the food the mites were swarming. So, I sterilized the substrate and started offering all their food in bowls.

    A couple months later, I dug them up, and found that my colony had went from 80+ to 20... Turns out they can't find food in even shallow food bowls... 🙃 And leaf litter alone was not able to sustain this culture. So basically I'm left with a small starter colony, hopefully I can get them breeding again now that I've got their issues figured out and fixed... 

    Anyways, here are some pictures of an adult pair:








  4. 4 hours ago, Acro said:

    Well . . . mealworms can eat styrofoam without problems.  Check out this link: https://www.intelligentliving.co/styrofoam-eating-mealworms-absorb-toxic-additive/ and look up some info yourself, there's a bunch of info about mealworms and styrofoam.

    Good Luck!  :D

    Yeah but mealworms are as tough as nails, I kinda doubt roaches would handle eating styrofoam just as well... I could be wrong though. Certainly if they're being used as feeders, as the OP intends, you wouldn't want styrofoam in their systems... 

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  5. 3 hours ago, Martin said:

    By the way, i forgot to say, I found these roaches to roam on trees more often than on the ground. In one instance, one large female was eating tree sap

    That is normal for this genus I'd say, they are good climbers and seem to enjoy sweet foods. In my experience, P.pygmaeus really likes artificial pollen too. 

  6. 3 hours ago, MrGhostMantis said:

    There are permits we could get to import them from you.

    Only if you worked at a university or museum, there are no permits for legally importing roaches for pet purposes as far as I'm aware, and I've talked with reptile and arachnid importers on the subject. 

  7. 11 hours ago, Martin said:

    Dear Hisserdude, 

    What an absolutely pleasure it is to have your welcome! I have read your blog many times :D

    Since you showed your interested on the Perisphaerus I am keeping, i decided to do a post about them.

    Hope you enjoy! and thank you for your hard work!! it helps a lot, specially for newcomers like me!



    Oh thank you, glad you find my blog useful! 😁 Thanks for making this post, always nice to see new Perisphaerus in culture! Hope we see more species in culture here in the US one day! 

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  8. Now in the US hobby! 😁 Unfortunately these individuals were not mine to keep, but I should be getting some next year when their new owners breed them! In any case, I was able to snag a few pictures of some nymphs while they were briefly in my possession, enjoy! 





    Closely related to Lanxoblatta, and similar to them in care.

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  9. Welcome to the forum Martin, nice collection you have there! 😁 I'm particularly interested in the Perisphaerus, any pictures of those? The Perisphaerinae is my favorite cockroach subfamily, and I always love seeing new species entering culture! Interested to see what cool new species you're able to catch where you live and travel! 

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  10. On 9/29/2020 at 12:27 AM, Thorin_the_roach said:

    these are the four that are in question they were all sold as common hissing cockroaches or Gromphadorhina portentosa, but look very different. Would anyone care to identify them? thank you!




    Hard to tell from these pics, but all things considered they're hybrid portentosa. Where'd you get them? 

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  11. On 9/20/2020 at 9:40 PM, Mrtoad said:

    Hello. My first post in this forum. We are getting ready to set up a bioactive vivarium for our crested gecko. I had purchased some dwarf whites recently to put in the vivarium and I put the small container they came in which was a small deli cup of ABG (that is what the reptile store called it) and tossed it in a larger tub along with a gallon bag of the same ABG mix. This was maybe a month or so ago. I looked today and saw tons of these little ones crawling all over. I didn’t even notice them at first. The are about the size of a grain of
    sand. I am assuming they are baby dwarf whites but just wanted to make sure they aren’t something else that shouldn’t be there. On that video they are bigger as I used a macro lens but I still can’t see them well enough. They are super tiny. Thanks and sorry if it is a dumb question. Thx  Video of the bugs

    They look like predatory mites to me actually, they eat other harmful mites and fungus gnats, seem to leave most isopods alone though, even tiny dwarf white mancae. 

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