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Nicolas Rousseaux

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  1. According to a friend of mine, there are good criters to identify the specie on the underside. Unfortunately, I don't know exactly what you should look for, but I can ask him. Loads of species from this genus are quiet similar, you should label it "Pycnoscelus sp. South Africa", or something, if you aren't totally sure of the specie. If they breed in your culture, maybe we can exchange some roaches, so that my friend will be able to identify it, when there is stil doubt he looks to the genitalia, that's probably one of the best way of identification
  2. When I need picture of the underside, I use to keep the roach between two fingers in one hand, and to take a picture with the other hand. The method with the fridge can work, but some species don't support it, and most females will abort their ootheca by this way, it's why I don't use it. No problem for the help, I'm happy to be useful, cockroaches are so amazing, it's wonderful to talk with other enthusiasts!
  3. Actually, most of roaches uses their antennae to communicate, even if it's not a pair. You should compare the last sternite, you'll spot the difference if it's a pair
  4. hi I keep mine in a 10l tank, with wood chips as substrate, and eggs boxes for them to hide and climb. I use pond sticks and apples to feed them, it's a prolifis specie, I don't spend a lot of time to take care of them. Nice and easy to breed specie!
  5. In my view, the wingless female is not adult yet, just like Orin said
  6. hi I don't know if there are males in natura, but it's totally possible. Just like phasmids, parthenogenesis production is used when there are not enough males for the females. There are propably some populations where those males still exist! Unfortunately, I've never heard anything about them in culture... But <i'm sure about the fact parthenogenetic production can't give birth to males. They're part of other populations. I didn't knew there were wingless females for this specie... are you sure of it? There are other species of Pycnoscelus that are all non-winged, such as Pycnoscelus femapterus. I suppose they're as productive as surinam roaches, I have some at home, thats's quick to breed and they can't climb... If an invasion scares you, maybe this specie would be better to breed
  7. It's possible you found a wingless specie, it make me think of some Pycnoscelus species, despite I don't think this one belong to this genus. I hope you'll get some babies, it's always great to bring a new specie in the hobby
  8. hi! since they belong to the same genus, there is a risk of inbreeding between those two species. I can't say it will happen, I don't know, but the risk is real. The best thing to do is to keep them separeted, so that you can be sure you'll keep pure species in bred
  9. hi! I don't know what species it is, but this is a beautiful roach! What size do they grow? Have you ever seen some of them with wings, or is it a wingless specie? If I had this kind of roach, I'd probably use some cruched dead leaves as substratum. Keep some humidity in it, maybe use some bark for them to hide, and feed them with fruits and so on. That's the way I breed my burrowing roaches
  10. In my view, definitely not Rhyparobia. I don't know the Tivia genus, so I can't help you more than this :/ It would be great to find some others and to breed them!
  11. Rhyparobia, I don't think so. I breed Rhyparobia maderae and Rhyparobia sp. gold for years, they're different. This roach seems to be small, have you an idea of the size?
  12. Hi They are actually quiet different. Rhyparobia genus is able to climb on everything, both sex have long wings, they use an odorant way to avoid predators, and females seems to take care of the babies for a long time. You can't find these things in the Blaptica genus. I suppose there are other criters, for exemple genetics, that create a seperation between them best regards Nicolas
  13. Hi all! Well, I'm Nicolas, I'm from Belgium and I'am 20.I breed bugs since I'm 8 years old, and I've started to breed roaches to feed my reptiles and some other pets a few years ago, and I found those bugs were fun... So I took an other specie... and an other... and an other one too... and finally, I'm now breeding more than 30 species in my bedroom I've found a real interest in roaches, I can't explain why, but I'm sure I will cary on breeding these pets for a long time, and I'll try to get other species in the future (need a little more place before ). I'm happy to find this community, this will be a good way to exchange experiences, and maybe roaches! bye Nicolas
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