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Well they take a year or two to mature, so they are probably not the best feeder. They're better suited for pets, not pet food.

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I suspect that they are wild-harvested, as with many components of traditional Eastern medicine.

Eupolyphaga sinensis for medical use are mostly captive-bred. Mass breeding of this species is easy and cheap so there's no reason for wild collecting.

Personally I'm not a follower of traditional Asian med; but just like other markets what they're looking for is profit. If captive breeding makes profits people will do it.

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They (Chinese) indeed breed these roaches en mass. There are in fact a lot of patent description available that describe methods to breed them. 
The English translation isn't particularly good (rather abysmal), but it contains a well of information: 

breeding patent

eggs hatching method

And there are many more.... 

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Hello, 

 

I guess it's possible, but they are not the best feeders... Slow growers, it will require a lot of space to breed them if you want to constantly have preys for your animals. 

They are good producers (I have a colony of 600-1000 of them), but the colony is big due to the fact I keep most of them... ;)

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On 4/11/2017 at 8:11 AM, stanislas said:

They (Chinese) indeed breed these roaches en mass. There are in fact a lot of patent description available that describe methods to breed them. 
The English translation isn't particularly good (rather abysmal), but it contains a well of information: 

breeding patent

eggs hatching method

And there are many more.... 

Thanks for the links.  Very interesting!

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