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  1. What initially looked like a dead roach on the enclosure floor turned out to be a nicely intact moult. Here are the pics of a moult left by a penultimate Blaptica dubia male, before becoming a full-fledged mature male:
  2. Nice, thanks for sharing! it's interesting that they look quite different, especially the males.
  3. Nice, thanks for sharing! Would you be able to post a comparison pic of the two color forms?
  4. It's an interesting question, I've been wondering about it as well. In some Phasmid (stick insect) species there is evidence that inbreeding by hobbyists has led to stock with reduced vigour eg Extatosoma tiaratum. I don't know if the same has been seen in roaches. Then again, when one considers that captive chinchillas today were supposedly derived from just 12 animals..
  5. Thanks! Would appreciate any other advice that anyone has to offer!
  6. Hi Blattodea313, thanks for the useful information! Would you say that the Panchlora sp 'giant' take longer to mature and/or breed?
  7. Sorry silly mistake, I forgot to add 'giant'! Do Panchlora sp. 'giant' and Panchlora nivea differ much in their maturation and breeding time? There are some threads on lifespan etc, but can't seem to find much information otherwise.
  8. Hi, how long does each species take to mature (am guessing the sp takes slightly longer)? And are there any specific differences with regard to their care/breeding? Would appreciate any information. Thanks!
  9. Hi Tiff! Thanks what other pets do you have?
  10. Thanks everyone for your suggestions! I did consider the Blaberidae sp. 'Kenya' but they may be a little small. They are cute, though! The Blaberus spp are all interesting but might get a little too big for what I'm looking for. As for the O. duesta, was thinking of getting a small colony so the absolute numbers produced wont be so large..
  11. Hi! Thanks for the replies, I didn't expect there to be other people from North Carolina on this forum. Do you know if there are any local bug/herp groups?
  12. Oh thanks for sharing. Haha, poor alueropoda!
  13. Hi all, I'd be grateful for some advice on choosing an appropriate feeder roach. The feeding requirements would be for 3-5 spiderlings/juveniles, each taking about 1-2 small roaches a week. The ideal would be a species that: - Doesn't reproduce too fast, as not that many feeders are required. - Is relatively small/manageable. - Preferably doesn't fly and/or climb. The current choices are: 1) Pycnoscelus surinamensis - but would this reproduce too quickly? 2) Phoetalia pallida 3) Oxyhaloa duesta 4) Pycnoscelus femapterus Would also appreciate any other suggestions. Thanks!
  14. Hi Orin, that's interesting, thanks for sharing. Just curious about the feature on the Roach Crossing site, which states that the yellow morph is "not 100% proven, so cultures will need culling to ensure that the yellow stays predominant." Was wondering if you might have any thoughts on this? Thanks again.
  15. Hello everyone! I joined this forum a while ago but don't think I've introduced myself yet. I don't currently keep any roaches, though would like to start soon. Other mini beasts I've had include a variety of phasmids (stick insects) and tarantulas. I just moved to North Carolina, though am not from here originally. Anyone here from NC as well?
  16. Those are some impressive hybrids, thanks for sharing. Have you tried adding any pure individuals to the colony?
  17. There seem to be several localities for Blaberus giganteus, eg. Trinidad, Costa Rica. Does anyone know what the differences (size, colour etc) between these localities are?
  18. that's a very interesting discussion, thanks for sharing!
  19. Hello, Does anyone know about Hemiblaberus sp. ('Horseshoe crab cockroach')? Can't seem to find much information on this species, and would appreciate any info and photos. Thanks!
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