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  1. Thank you guys! I thought I would let you know that one of the P. americana ooths hatched and the H. flexivitta ootheca was aborted. Out of curiosity, in parthenogenetically produced ootheca, are all the nymphs females?
  2. As far as a cleanup crew, I would use a combination of Alphitobius diaperinus, springtails, and sowbugs all in your enclosure. They eat excess food rather than the mites themselves, though. I'm thinking the A. diaperinus, the lesser mealworm beetles, may eat mites since I've noticed much less since I've added them to my Blattella germanica tub. Once they get too abundant, place cut styrofoam cups filled with water and a lot of them will drown. Outside of those, I've read on this forum that some people have used predatory mites, which will actually eat other mites, but others feel they could irritate or hurt roaches. I saw some at my local gardening center, but they were too expensive for me to play around with for now.
  3. Also, is it parthogenesis or parthenogenesis? And would I be properly making it an adjective by saying parthogenetic or parthenogenetic?
  4. I was wondering if Periplaneta americana or Henschoutedenia flexivitta were able to produce young without mating. I have unmated females of both species. The P. americana was caught as a nymph, has not been around males, and has produced two ootheca, which have started getting ridges, which I normally see in other species' ootheca when they are getting close to hatching. The H. flexivitta is currently airing an ootheca. She's kept with others of her species, but none but her are mature yet.
  5. Glad to hear that! I'm sure your first adult was, like you said, just a fluke.
  6. I'm actually going to try to start a community tank soon. I wasn't planning on adding them, but now I for sure will not add them. Are there Eublaberus spp. that aren't so keen on eating each other?
  7. Thank all you guys so much. I'll definitely try giving them pieces of hard-boiled egg and adding more moisture, although their enclosure is just short of being soggy already. I'll try to add more substrate as well. I have them on peat moss. Should I try a chunkier substrate?
  8. Microwave the bag of chick feed. Grain mites are difficult to completely eliminate once they're in a enclosure. You could change the substrate and wash the cage with bleach or soap and hot water. I occasionally see some mites in my enclosures, but they're under control. I recommend using a cleaner crew to help keep their numbers very low. I've heard grain mites can cause some serious damage to colonies, although I've never experienced it and I'm not sure how.
  9. Is your other adult still doing well?
  10. Hey guys, I was wondering if Eublaberus posticus are typically cannibalistic. If not, is there any way to stop it? They have a spacious bin , lots of wood slabs, and they're not overcrowded. I didn't have this issue until females started maturing. When females started popping up, I noticed that wings were getting nibbled off, but it wasn't until today that I noticed they were eating a freshly molted one. I'm not sure if it was a male or female who was being eaten, but it was terrible. It had it's abdomen completely eaten away and was being fought over by several large nymphs and adults. All while desperately waving its antennae around.There was another roach, a female, who molted into adulthood, but they didn't bother her at all except to mate. She's darkened up now, but should I be worried she'll be eaten? They get plenty of dog food and fruits and have a deep moist substrate. What causes this? I have never seen anything like this with my other species. This species is beautiful, especially as adults. Is there anything I could do to reduce wing-biting and cannibalism so I could get at least some adults with intact wings? Also, I'm really interested in getting more Eublaberus spp. Do the others have this same issue of eating each other's wings and each other?
  11. Congratulations! How long did they take to hatch and how many nymphs came from one?
  12. I'm pretty sure that's normal. I would say most of mine are covered in substrate. Some of mine aren't, but I'm guessing they're just newly molted.
  13. I'm really sorry to hear that. I've had some species where one or two adults just die right after molting for unknown reasons, only to have the rest live out long, healthy lives, breeding very prolifically. Maybe that's what's happening with yours? I rarely feed my H. tenebricosa leaves, although I do have aspen shavings in my enclosure.
  14. My Horseshoes don't seem to mind high temperatures so long as I don't keep them above 90 degrees constantly. Was the enclosure dry? They really need moisture in my experience. Is your roach able to upright itself when turned on its back? My adults are relaxed compared to their nymphs but they're still quick if they're pestered too much.
  15. Good luck, let us know how it goes, and welcome to the hobby. Let me warn you now, it can be really addictive
  16. Periplaneta spp. seem to really like their fruit. I would personally try a mixture of bananas, cooked white rice, and bits of dog food as bait in pitfall traps.
  17. I've read that Florida has Arenivaga. If they're anything like California's, dig through undisturbed sandy patches. Here, they're easy to find under boards after light rain as well. I bet you could also find ootheca of Periplaneta spp. attached to walls where there is food and water available to the roaches. Pop them into a lightly ventilated jar with some moist substrate such as coir and you'll have nymphs in no time.
  18. Thanks for that I've actually purchased from Kyle before and I would agree that he's a very good guy with lots of amazing species and sends out awesome specimens. I'll definitely contact him...eventually
  19. I hope I'm not distracting from DPO's question, but I might just let my Lobster colony grow out if that number can pack away that much, although I could definitely see that considering I have to feed my Nauphoeta cinerea colony much more often compared to other colonies of similar size. But back on to suggestions, would you consider Blaberus spp. ? They fit most of your criteria as well, especially because I've noticed that they're not as reliant on a moist substrate as Eublaberus spp. and Hemiblabera tenebricosa. I keep B atropos and B. craniifer, and both eat a good amount, with B. atropos being less picky and eating slightly larger quantities. They still need some moisture though, and the nymphs do like to hang out in the substrate.
  20. Hey everyone, I've been searching for Deropeltis spp. for a good while now, but I never see any up for sale or any recent mention of these guys being kept, so I guess the next best thing is to hear from anyone with any experience with this genus. In case I ever find some, I would love to know how they were kept, their favorite foods, requirements, etc.
  21. Does toothpaste really work? I know diatomaceous earth is an ingredient in it, but I always thought it had to be in a dry form to kill insects.
  22. Both P. coulaniana and B. orientalis are pretty cool species to have as feeders, pets, or just because, though. Hemiblabera tenebricosa is a pretty neat species as well, although they're taking a while for me to get to a sizable colony. However, they'll eat lots of anything and they'll breed great without a heater. They require plenty of substrate that must be kept moist, though, which makes it difficult to separate roaches from your compost. Henschoutedenia flexivitta actually seems like a pretty good choice. My colony is small right now, but they put away a decent amount of food considering I don't have too many. They're great climbers, but like most climbing species, they're really easy to contain with Vaseline around the rim of their enclosure. If you don't mind me asking, are you already composting with the roaches you own? If you are, I'd really like to know which species processes the largest amount of organics for you
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