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  1. I'd like to know how things go for you if you choose to compost with B. orientalis. They're hardy, really fecund, fairly easily contained( although males can climb smooth surfaces), the nymphs won't burrow into your substrate, love humidity, and will eat just about anything (although in my experience, productivity will go down a little if not provided with protein once every week or so). However I personally wouldn't use them for the purpose you're interested in. I have some issues with getting their ootheca to hatch in dense colonies. I think that once their numbers build up, they produce a lot of frass that then gets wet from the humidity, which kills the eggs. I'm not sure if it's due to harmful bacteria and fungi attacking ootheca or if it's due to the fact that the ootheca are deposited into what I assume is a hypoxic environment (wet frass). I've tried remedying this by allowing for more ventilation and less humidity, but a lot of my subadult nymphs molted out into adults with splayed,crooked legs and wrinkled wings. Also, they're not that keen on eating dead or weak individuals, so you need to watch the enclosure for dead roaches because they can really accumulate compared to the other roaches I keep. I've recently added lesser mealworms to my enclosures and they seem to help out a bit, though. If you really want to compost using this species, I recommend cleaning frass out often and hatching ootheca in separate containers. Otherwise, a species that you already keep, Blatta lateralis, is a good alternative that tolerates less humidity (no soggy frass to worry about) and is even more fecund than Blatta orientalis. Blaptica dubia may also be a good choice since they meet most if not all of your criteria and you don't have to worry about removing ootheca from frass. Just use a colander to sift the babies out when you clean, and don't let their frass get damp.
  2. They really don't have a bad side, do they? Those are some great shots. How big are they compared to Panchlora nivea or Panchlora sp. "Giant" ?
  3. Definitely don't use earwigs. I've had earwigs as part of a cleanup crew for my Blattella germanica and Blatta orientalis. They seemed fine at first until I caught them killing ecdysing individuals. Pill bugs are great and the mantises I've kept didn't really bother them. They need moist substrate and ventilation, though. Springtails will also keep dead insects from molding if there are enough, although I've had issues with their numbers getting too high. I'm not sure if too many springtails will disrupt baby mantids from molting, but I have had bad molts in enclosures where I keep small roach species when the wood slabs get completely covered in springtails.
  4. Did you already try ,and did they eat it? I would rinse canned veggies since some have loads of salt put into it.
  5. What kinds of canned food were you planning on using? My roaches like canned dog food once in a while, but it's honestly easier and cheaper to give them dry kibble if they're being kept as pets rather than feeders. I've tried feeding canned fruit, but it fermented quickly and started smelling like alcohol.Luckily, none of my roaches touched it and none died immediately after.
  6. I'm drooling! If you ever have any for sale, well you know....
  7. Looks like a great collection of different species. Have any started breeding for you yet?
  8. Since you said probably not rather than definitely not, I'm going to try to hatch it out anyway haha. &Thanks so much for the suggestion! I'm sure I have some empty vials lying around here somewhere (: Just need to find the time to dig them up.
  9. It's even more beautiful than I imagined it. I'm in love with how its wings only cover part of its abdomen. They're a nice contrast to that of other Periplaneta spp. Are both sexes like that?
  10. Cool! Is that the species that's been introduced to New York?
  11. I've hatched out wild-collected ooths before. I stick them over a layer of peat moss in a ventilated jar and I try my best to forget about them so I don't drive myself nuts just waiting. I tend to mist them every few days when I check on them. Do you have any other suggestions? Also, I have a P. americana ootheca from my lone female that I've had since she was a nymph. Is there any chance the ootheca will hatch?
  12. Hey guys, I thought I would let you know I finally got ONE healthy looking ootheca after week after week of getting unhardened or partially eaten ootheca! Interestingly, I added about 18 P. fuliginosa nymphs I hatched out from a wild collected ootheca the day before. I'm learning it's not such a great thing to jump to conclusions about cause and effect, but maybe the nymphs had something to do with my females finally making a fully formed, uneaten ootheca. I'm also thinking that P. fuliginosa needs more fruit in its diet compared to my others species since I've recently given them more fruits and less greens and dog kibble. Now I'm just hoping I can get this ootheca to hatch!
  13. Quite a beautiful roach in my opinion! I get Blatta orientalis that look a lot like that when humidity is too low, but their wings are raised so I know they're from bad molts. Your specimen looks like it molted just fine and is naturally unusual and beautiful.
  14. That's some great information on aphids. I didn't realize that since I've found them on fallen apples.
  15. If you can remove the apples and orange pieces, they'll quickly starve if they are aphids. They won't feed on chick feed
  16. Roach Crossing has B.craniifer "UCR" and B. craniifer "Orin McMonigle". I've also read about the "European brown-wing form". There seems to be a lot of debate as to whether or not the "European brown-wing" is truly B. craniifer. I can only speak for the "Orin McMonigle" strain since they're the only Death's Heads I own, but the "Orin McMonigle" B. craniifer are really attractive with dark tegmina and very distinct pronotal patterns. They're also very skittish ,and I can't pick up adults and larger nymphs without getting a few little pokes and scratches. The info up on Roach Crossing says the "UCR" strain is darker, larger, calmer, and with less distinct patterns on their pronotum. I'm sure Roman could confirm that for us though, and let us know what you decide
  17. Sure does help, Hisserdude! Thanks so much!
  18. Hey guys, I've been really curious with how you guys are able to identify adults of roaches where one or both sexes are apterous (Gromphadorhina spp., Pycnoscelus femapterus, Arenivaga spp., etc.) I'm sure someone with enough experience can tell apart juveniles from mature individuals like its their sixth sense. Hopefully I'll get to that point eventually, but how do you guys know when your wingless species become adults? Do you guys look for a certain adult coloration? Observe them breeding? Do you guys look for certain behaviors?
  19. What a beautiful roach. I'm a bit jealous to be honest
  20. I was actually curious about this myself. A few days ago I put in dried cherries with all my roach species. E. chopardi, G. portentosa, A. insignis, B. dubia, N. cinerea, B. orientalis, and B. lateralis got really excited and munched away at the pieces I had given them as soon as they hit they hit their enclosures. B. atropos and B. craniifer weren't as eager to eat them, but after a few days, the cherries were gone. O. orientalis, P. fuliginosa, Panchlora sp. "Giant", O. deusta, H. fexivitta, Rhyparobia sp. "Malaysia", and G. lurida didn't seem at all interested in them. I tried with some banana chips and only the adult hissers nibbled on them. When the edges got soggy from the moisture in the substrate, some of my other roaches took some interest. They didn't last long, though. When the banana chips got soft enough, I noticed they went moldy within the next day.
  21. Hey guys, I found two roaches several months ago. They're doing really well so I figured I would go look for more. It took a few hours and a sore back from leaning over, but I found a few I was wondering if anyone knew what this species could be. I'm guessing they're in the genus Arenivaga, but I'm not positive. Sorry about the bad pictures. I was using the camera on an old phone. By the way, I live in Los Angeles, California. I've seen this species or a closely related species in Elysian Park next to Dodger Stadium as well when I tripped and loosened a bunch of dirt.
  22. Hey Alex. Thanks for the suggestion. Unfortunately, I don't even have 5 males of P. fuliginosa. I keep several hundred Blatta orientalis adults along with nymphs a moult away from becoming mature. I have them on paper towel as a substrate with charcoal chunks for them to climb on. I'm able to easily and quickly collect ootheca weekly and hatch them out in separate containers. I'm not feeding anything at the moment so I'll probably just toss in newly hatched nymphs in with the adults as they come. No issues there whatsoever. Do you think I may be having issues with my P. fuliginosa because I don't have nymphs in with them? I'll have to buy some from you the moment I get some money!
  23. I never had an issue breeding P. americana in such a small container although my colony outgrew it rather quickly. I no longer have that colony, but I definitely need to get some and maybe some other Periplaneta spp. Also, I see it's your birthday. Happy birthday and thank you so much for your suggestion.
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