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  1. What kind of setup do you have for them? What are their favorite foods? Glad you're having so much success!
  2. Hi all, I'm glad to see there's continued interest in Ectobius! Unfortunately all my nymphs slowly died over the 2014-15 winter. I believe part of the problem was a humidity issue, it's just so damned dry in my basement I couldn't keep up with their moisture needs. Last summer I also found a site that was overrun with Ectobius lucidus, with a few E. pallidus mixed in there. They did okay for a couple weeks but I eventually overwatered them and their poorly-ventilated jar did them in. I will hopefully be able to go back this summer to collect more and get good photos, I didn't have my cam
  3. Calling all Floridians! I'm planning a trip to your amazing state this winter and am hoping to photograph and collect as many roach species as possible. I have seen many references to lobster roaches being found in the Tampa Bay area, specifically associated with grain mills, but I have also read that they appear to have died out since the grain mills' closures. Has anyone here seen this species in the wild in Florida recently? Thanks for your help! -Eric
  4. Wow! These look a lot like Holocompsa. How big are they? And how do you keep them?
  5. Did you ever end up seeing offspring from this selective breeding?
  6. Any update dcheath? Have you been able to find more? What did you feed them when you kept them, and what was the setup like?
  7. I've been doing a lot of bug hunting all over the state the last few months, but forest cockroaches don't seem to be very common here in New York. The only ones I've seen were one Parcoblatta in the eastern Adirondacks, and a dozen or so nymphs of Ectobius pallidus at the site I collected these individuals from. I found all of the Ectobius on or in very close proximity to a patch of what looked like periwinkle. According to that link, it seems this species may have some affinity for this plant, as the authors found them for several summers among its leaves and stems. E. pallidus is still consi
  8. happy1892, thanks for your reply. I'm not sure why I didn't see it sooner. I haven't seen any other Ectobius in the area, in fact this outing was the first (and to date, only) time I have ever seen a member of this genus in the wild. Supposedly Ectobius lucidus can now be found southwest of Rochester, however. I don't currently have any oothecae to incubate, just these five nymphs, none of which appear to have molted yet. I am not sure if/what they are eating. I am still keeping them on the floor of my basement, so maybe the cool temperatures are preventing them from growing more quickly. -
  9. Hello all, I didn't want to hijack Kyle's thread so I'm posting this separately. I recently had the good fortune of collecting several Ectobius pallidus nymphs a couple of weeks ago here in Syracuse, New York. I understand this is a tricky species to breed, so this is an open invitation to all to share your experiences with this or other small, cold temperate Ectobiids to hopefully gain a better understanding of their captive requirements. My five nymphs are currently being housed in an 18qt gasketed sterilite bin with leaf litter from the area where they were collected. I offered them
  10. Wow! Where did you catch them? If you can get good photos I may be able to identify them.
  11. Yeah, that's what I hear...I'm keeping my fingers crossed anyway, they're cute little buggers. They've got a bunch of leaves in with them right now, and I also gave them a small chunk of apple which I saw at least one nibbling on. I'm keeping them right on the basement floor, hopefully the cool temperature will suit them better.
  12. Thanks for the reply! That's interesting that isopods could outcompete them...I wouldn't have expected that. I find myself being more and more attracted to the small Ectobiids, and am hoping to make room for this species in my collection early next year. I actually just acquired some wild Ectobius pallidus nymphs and will probably be setting them up in a container just like you described. I hope it works out!
  13. I keep dermestids for this purpose, and have done so for a few years. I don't have a lot of experience but have learned a few things along the way. I use a smoothish-walled container, some sort of blue rubbermaid bin in the 18-gallon range. I have witnessed larvae crawling up the sides though, I wish now that I had gotten a bin with even smoother sides. I don't seem to have a problem with them escaping, however. I have some sections cut out with window screen glued over it. More ventilation is definitely better. The last thing you want is any humidity building up, that'll make things smell
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