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    Fascinating! Where did you get the termites? Are they easy to get where you live - also the queen? Is it a fresh-wood eating species (do you know the latin-name?) Their cage looks rather small. How is it built-up? BR/Ole
  2. Not yet, but I will get time this weekend. I was planning also to make comparative photos with the two other Eublaberus species here. Oops - Are the rules of the forum to move the photos to the 'Photo-subforum' or can they be put here? I hope you were not suggesting to have me dissecting one of the males..... Nikon is not known to be fast in such a small market as here, but they have been ordered to deliver some accessories that makes the lenses combine differently so that a close-up can fill the CCD with only a 10 mm (0.4") wide motive. It is for the old trick of putting the lenses front against front getting the light in the opposite way through the outmost lense. Nikon 'only' had a week now... Have you tried the trick - it actually works quite well - or are you using bellows? BR/ Ole
  3. On Saturday Exotic Insects here in Denmark held our autumn exhibition. In this connection I got some 60 Eublaberus sp. Pantanel from Pantanal area in the state of Mato Grosso in Brazil, alledgedly. What is known about this species? They have been put in a light moist pet moss substrate with some cork bark on the sides of the aquarium (~10 gallons). They were extremely busy last night chasing and mating (luckily=healthy sign) more or less like it is seen by distanti. So far some fruit, dry dog pellets and fish flakes have been 'accepted'. The males might be old or they look like the wings have been bit, but not like posticus. Have you any experiences with these?? In an earlier thread the sp. White were discussed. They must be two quite different species, or? BR/ Ole
  4. Thanks for the advice. Here in Denmark it is varying around 60% at the moment - and certainly - makes it quite harder to dry out. I have decided to try to change to full size dry leaves (beech) hoping that all the small nymphs will still get something to drink if limited watering is applied around the glass sides of the aquarium. But since they get fruits and vegetables every 2nd or 3rd day the nymphs should get enough? Will factors like humidity influence the abortion-ratio or is that mostly related to for instance overcrowdedness, stress and foodshortage?? I have not seen any aborted oothecas with the tesselatas. BR/ Ole
  5. I take it then that you only add water to an extent that it is evaporated in 1-2 days?? If we are talking live bearing species, but where the substrate is difficult to keep dry (like with my crowded culture of portentosas), could it be an idea to have a thermostat controlled heat mat under the terrarium (glass aquarium)?? Or would the roaches suffer from that?? Temperature level could be like 30°C (86°F) on the surface. I tried it once with the tesselatas, but without a thermostat - after two hours, at least a lot of them had emerged on the surface, so I shut down the experiment and the substrate was somewhat hotter but not really any dryer after such short time. Have any of you tested this solution? Sorry to pursue this matter... BR/ Ole
  6. Please find the picture showing hov different the coloring can be. Is it the same in your cultures? BR/ Ole
  7. So is it normal to find these huge differences in coloring in one colony? And Orin suggests to isolate a very dark male with a couple of females to check if it is inherited? But when I bought my colony one year ago, they were all colored like the pictures starting this thread, but only in the last two month the dark ones have emerged after the last molt. Would that suggest that one of the adult males carries a slightly different gene? I will try to find a picture that show some differently colored adults together. Are you using wet earth (like pet moss) or dry leaves as substrate with your Archimandrita? If I use wet pet moss, the phorid flies breed in hundreds in the substrate. BR/ Ole
  8. Well, learning about hobby-conditions like these make a European feel somewhat lucky. It sounds more like prohibition time... What about roaches at fairs and sales-exhibitions? How do you come about that? BR/ Ole
  9. Thanks, Peter. Resent pics from this small culture: Hope they will appear clear (used the ½ MB). The white/black patterns are so different that it should actually be possible to distinguish the individuals. BR/ Ole
  10. God pictures. They look quite newly molted. The name should now have been finally settled to be Therea olegrandjeani after the danish finder, who happens to be a member of Exotic Insects here in Danmark... I would like to post a couple of pics so we could study the difference , but Peter promised to look into getting more capacity for them. I cant upload... Mine were bought from Mr. Ole Grandjean directly. He is a mature gent of around 70, who just loves to wander in foreign forests... And Orin, before you ask, I have never heard about him writing his side of finding this species. But we could ask him and/or make an interview... He might come to the next exhibition here on the 29th of this month... BR/ Ole
  11. What about food composition? My portentosas eats lots of fruit and vegetables. At the same time they are quite many so the amount and size of droppings make an odour that smells somewhat moldy or stuffy. The droppings are so moist that mites seems to flourish.... BR/ Ole
  12. Yes, now they work just like the Latiblattella attachment in the photo section. You click once and the photo opens in a new window. Orin, I like your understatement: "I did not really take any pictures...." You are not telling too much, but it seems you had a good time at ATS Arizona.... BR/ Ole
  13. Yes, that one worked fine. However, these 4 jpg's looks as if they are inserted as files that has to be downloaded before viewing. BR/ Ole
  14. Well, it is a pretty species. It gives a destinct feeling that even you have USDA as a strict authority, your diversity in North America is so huge, that you are more well of than we are here in Europe.... Lucky you - great nature and good arrangements! BR/ Ole
  15. Are they in the hobby in US? Or did you catch some for breeding, Orin?? BR/ Ole
  16. What is your observation regarding hissers?? I have only seen it seldom - has many perfect sheds. Maybe they should be left...? BR/ Ole
  17. I get an errormessage when clicking on the .jpg pictures. What is done wrong? Is it a matter of rights? Message:"Sorry, but you do not have permission to use this feature." BR/ Ole
  18. Welcome back from the big event!! You are more than welcome to give us some personal impressions, please...????!!!??? BR/ Ole
  19. What did he or she do about the roaches water needs? Can they use the water-dispensers for birds? ... Or the model with the Tampax down into a small plastic tub? Is it not always a concern especially for the nymphs? BR/ Ole
  20. Maybe a little more from the side. A little more of the abdomen. Is he looking like one of mine ?? Are yours thicker? He looks a little slimmy, or that is the size they are suppossed to be? BR/ Ole
  21. Hopefully, you are not supersticious... Please enlighten me - is Cotinus mutabilis extinct or exceptionally seldom or was it because it was dead...?? Puh - you hit the 'envy'-button there...!!! It is a super agenda! Best wishes to all of you going!! BR/ Ole
  22. Have you checked for mites? Have you found oothecas that were aborted? (lying around) Did you try to feed with dog pellets or fish flakes? The nymphs generally like that. Are the tank overcrowded?? Makes it much harder to be small... Are you using pinewood bark as soil or as decorations (beside the egg cases)?? I am running out of ideas.... please assist BR/ Ole
  23. Many are not keeping their hissers particularly high in humidity. Are the tank smelly like 'moldy'? Are you removing the food before it starts decaying? I have never observed my hissers cannibalise! Have others seen that? BR/ Ole
  24. You did not mention what species we are dealing with, but for some species a lack of water leads rather quickly to cannibalism. In stead of offering water in a bowl, you might try using a spayer to get some water onto the glass or other surroundings where the nymphs are. You are cleaning vegetables and fruits as Orin implied?? Some nymphs are quite difficult and has a high death-rate. At what temperatures are you keeping them?? You will have to fill us better in to have more precise answers. BR/ Ole
  25. Looks to be an exiting event! Is it an event that anybody could attend (should one wish to cross the ocean...) or is it requiring a full, paying membership of ATS? Are you ('locals') collecting as well as photografing the findings...? Are many from 'Allpet Roaches Forum' participating?? BR/ Ole
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