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Tenevanica

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  1. My javanica are only around 40 mm. That's also the length Kyle's site says they should be. You should be fine for a while, but you won't keep several hundred in a 20 qt. Plus, E. javanica is much more tolerant towards crowding than E. decipeins is.
  2. That's right folks! Today I discovered that my Blaberus craniifer decided to "get it on" a few months ago, as today I discovered tiny nymphs running around in the enclosure. They are about 3 millimeters long, and I have noticed that they exhibit some interesting behaviors that I do not think have been documented yet. The young nymphs feign death. I was trying to count the number of offspring my adults had produced, and to do that I had to move them into another enclosure to get an accurate count. When the nymphs were disturbed they played dead. They literally would roll onto their backs and fold in their legs when they were disturbed. I got my original stock of this species as small-medium nymphs and I had not observed this behavior in them, leading me to believe that this is something they grow out of. I have not seen anyone document this behavior before. Another interesting thing to note, but something you probably already know, the adults stridulate. Many roaches squeak, but the adults of this species makes sounds similar to a hisser. I've never heard them make sounds before. Pictures: The nymphs are very hard to see. They are nearly the same color as the substrate! This might be the mother. I don't know. This is the first non-feeder roach species that has bred for me in captivity. I counted 5 nymphs, but because of their size and color I'm sure there are more.
  3. Can we get @Hisserdude on the ID here? Very cool little roach. Those two orangey-yellow spots on the pronotum are very pretty. Good find!
  4. I'm not sure if this carries over, but my Elliptorhina javanica don't hiss despite there being sexed pairs in the bunch. They hiss in defense though. I'm starting to get worried about my E. javanica. I'm keeping them warm enough to breed, and there are males and females in the tank, but I haven't gotten any babies. I do suspect I have some gravid females because their abdomens are quite plump compared to the male, but I've never seen any of them extend any oothecae or anything.
  5. I haven't tried them, but if you think they're snug, you're probably fine. A word of caution, never underestimate the space a roach nymph can fit through. It has to be almost air tight to keep nymphs from escaping.
  6. I can't afford to keep these (I'm assuming you're taking about Macropanesthia rhinoceros) but it's way cool that YOU keep them! Good luck with breeding these. If you get enough buyers and have enough babies, you could quit your job and sell these to make a living. Very cool!
  7. It depends on what kind of sterilite. Some have better lids than others. Also, if you plan on breeding them, you shouldn't have to worry about lifespan because you'll basically have a constant supply of them. I'd guess they live about a year as adults. And I agree with Hisserdude, in that you don't need to provide water as long as you feed them fruits and vegetables.
  8. If they could hybridize it would be hard to still call them different species. They'd be caught up in the same debate the hissers are. If they do though, that wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing. While most people want pure bred species, and hybrids are usually frowned upon, there are people that like hybrids. Especially if they come out with some cool color morph or pattern that the hobby hasn't seen before. (Remember our discussion on Therea a while ago?) You could create a new species! No matter what you want to do, good luck with it.
  9. Well, they're in the family Blaberidae, which makes up most of the giant tropical roaches in the hobby. I think that the lowest classification that defines hissers is the tribe Gromphadorhinini. Anything in the tribe Gromphadorhinini can be considered a hissing cockroach.
  10. Not quite. I have a 2-1 record against you! (This discussion could go on for hours, couldn't it?)
  11. I'm glad to see you have been training. Soon you'll be as fast of a replier (replier?) as I!
  12. OH BEAT ME BY TWO SECONDS! You win this time @Hisserdude!
  13. Mites are the worst. They can directly harm your roaches, and you can never get 100% of them out. Phorid fly and fungus gnat larvae and pupae are also nasty things that can be hiding in leaf litter. As for mold, your roaches will not be used to and adapted to the native molds in your area. They are used to living with the molds in their natural environment. And who says roaches don't die from molds in the wild? I'm sure it happens all the time!
  14. First, LOL! I NEVER THOUGHT OF THAT! XD I tell this story to people all the time, and you're the first one to catch that. I didn't ever think of that! I guess that's the reason why it caught fire lol. Second, I agree with your statement on sterilization. I did toss some bark that I had pulled off a dead tree into a roach bin without sterilization, and there were no pest organisms on it, and the bark seems to be doing just fine as well as mold is concerned. However, because leaves are found on the ground, they are more vulnerable to carrying pests. Said leaves have been buried under snow for several weeks now, so I'm not as concerned about mites as I normally would be, but I'm sure that if the cold doesn't kill them, the vinegar will.
  15. Not in my microwave. I set a can of beans on fire in the microwave, and it was almost fully filled with water! 30 seconds and even wet sticks begin to crackle. It heats a few specific areas to really high temperatures which concentrates the heat and is a recipe for fire. It does this to food too. Bugfarm said 48 hours in a deep freeze would do the trick. I'll soak them in vinegar, rinse them in the bathtub, dry them in the sun, and then freeze them in the deep freeze. Considering it's winter and pests will be in fewer numbers, I think I will be fine.
  16. After reading this thread I decided to take some leaves from my front yard. They are mostly ash leaves mixed with the leaves of whatever trees my neighbors have in their front yards. Do you think that a soak with vinegar and baking soda would eliminate pests? I'm assuming the leaves are acceptable for roaches, as they are all hardwoods. I don't want to bake them in the oven/ microwave. With my track-record of fires, I wouldn't be surprised if I set water on fire in the oven/ microwave.
  17. Wow, you have some nice looking insects early in the year! Here in Colorado, I won't be seeing insects for another 3-4 months at least.
  18. If your just keeping them as short-term pets and not planning on breeding them, then the other two responses sum up what you're looking for perfectly. However, the fun in keeping roaches is breeding them. By creating a colony, you'll never have to worry about lifespan, because you'll always have some alive!
  19. This questions is so commonly asked by everyone. There is no perfect beginner roach. Do some research. Come up with a list of roaches your son might enjoy. Let him decide based on the pros/cons of each individual species.
  20. It really depends on the city, but I see guys spraying public trees with pesticides. Most Americans have the thought of "insects are disgusting, kill them all" so they drive both government run and private companies to spray everything. Nothing is safe in urban and sub-urban USA.
  21. bugsincyberspace.com would be my second choice. They aren't listed there, but you can E-mail Peter and I'm sure he'll sell you adult males.
  22. Has anyone ever tried baiting for roaches? I've never tried, but I bet multitudes of species would be attracted to beer and molasses baits. A mixture of wine, yeast, and fruit might also be effective. If anyone lives down South, it'd be interesting if you would tell us what baits attract roaches.
  23. Wow! A research grade book for free? Thanks for sharing this!
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