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  1. @Smileyyup, do not get the Panchlora "white", they require a lot of attention to perform well. A very rewarding roach when they breed well, but that takes a lot of work. In fact, you cannot get the "white" because the only person currently keeping them is... me.
  2. I agree, that sounds like a pathogen that took over the colony. It's uncommon, but because it is a closed system those things can happen in captive breedings from time to time.
  3. I have a huge colony (a few thousands) of this species and can attest that there are a few bluish females in there, as opposed to the more common green ones. Seems like in every generation a few of these come out, maybe it's similar to the Gyna lurida yellow females. Not sure if the morph can be isolated. If you don't mind the FB link, you can see one at 0:43 in this video I took: https://www.facebook.com/643034584/videos/10158237111244585/
  4. Your speckled crashed?? Wow, that is very surprising to hear, considering it is one of the most prolific and resilient Panchlora, able to withstand desiccation, long starvation, and a temperature range of -4C to 36C (25F to 96F).
  5. You can always PM me. I'll just warn you that they are not cheap (you can find my old ads here to get an idea of the price), and express shipping from North America to Europe is also not exactly cheap... Right now I suggest not to ship anything anyway due to postal service disruptions - transatlantic parcels are heavily delayed. Even within North America we are experiencing massive delivery delays.
  6. Yes, indeed I still keep them like @Hisserdude said. Over the last year or two I have shipped this species to other keepers around the world, however because this is a slow breeding species I doubt anyone else has to offer. No one in Europe keeps them if I remember correctly. My two colonies are thriving, and I am considering starting a third one. I really love this species - when they are crowded they look so unreal.. I mainly have adults now and because females are giving birth, I stopped offering them for sale until the nymphs get bigger and can be shipped. I no longer ship adults.
  7. Yes, thank you. I haven't seen this being mentioned anywhere. More of my boxes were inspected this summer than last year. Most still went through and reached their destination, especially those with arachnids, but I think there has been some change in the inspection protocol. On the other hand, there were some nice organized imports to the US this year using Reptile Express, like the velvet worms.
  8. I still have plenty. I sent some nymphs to Taiwan this year and they arrived well.
  9. IT WORKS! Thanks for the heads up, @Hisserdude
  10. I guess I should update this thread. After some discussions with @Hisserdude, and in light of a new scientific paper, it appears that this species is NOT Hormetica apolinari, but Hormetica strumosa. I am not afraid to admit when I am wrong when there is enough evidence so I will change all me labels from now on, and you should do the same. Unfortunately I cannot edit the thread's title.. but I will put a notice in the opening post.
  11. @Ghoul I can send you some to Europe, PM me. I just sent a group of nymphs to Taiwan, so maybe they will also establish in the hobby in Asia.
  12. Yup, I posted an ad for them a week ago. Probably one of the rarest roaches in culture right now - apart from my two original colonies, I know of only one other person who is keeping them.
  13. Lovely! This is a species I have not yet seen in the wild. I must admit, they are much smaller than I originally thought. Very cute roach.
  14. It might not be hot news, but I thought I'd share a new cockroach that I started breeding. Even when it comes to mainstream species, I always prefer to work with wildtypes (meaning strains that originated from known, wild populations) because I feel there is often too much mixing and hybridizing in the arthropod hobby, leading to weaker captive populations. Nymphs of this roach were collected in a small Honduran cave as an unidentified "Blaberus sp.". It appears to be a variety of Blaberus giganteus, with wide black banding and a darker color tone. Adults begin as white individuals but very quickly turn orange. The funny thing is that I never planned to keep B. giganteus. I avoided them due to their bad reputation - low tolerance for crowding and cannibalism. But this strain seems to be ok with it, I still have all the original adults sharing the space with hundreds of nymphs, and while their wings are no longer intact (well, they use them for courtship after all), they are still kicking. They seem to be very hardy.
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