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Chorisoneura texensis, Small Yellow Texas Roach.


Hisserdude
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Here are some pictures of this tiny, hard to breed species!

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Fingers crossed that I'll be able can breed these, I will be really surprised if I can! :)

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I am feeding them cat food, it is pretty hard to tell if they are eating any though because they are so small, and thus probably have small appetites. I will keep those two food items in mind, will try bread later this week! :)

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Hmmm... not sure if cat food would be very good for attracting roaches to eat. I have tried dog food for other types of roaches and it did not work well I think, cannot remember though. Maybe if I soaked it in water it would have been better.

The over ripe bananas is better than bread for the Chorisoneura texensis from my experience.

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Cat and dog food are my staple roach food, all my roaches eat it, it is the first thing they go for usually. Will definitely try over ripe bananas! :)

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Hmmm... not sure if cat food would be very good for attracting roaches to eat. I have tried dog food for other types of roaches and it did not work well I think, cannot remember though. Maybe if I soaked it in water it would have been better.

Observations of B. Orientalis nymphs indicated a complete indifference to a nugget of dry dog food (brand unknown). Once I added a few drops of water to the nugget they were all over it, chowing down.

I suspect the water releases some subtle aromatics in the dog food and softens the nugget a bit, making it easier for nymphs to eat.

The nugget dries out quickly but a few more drops of water rings the dinner bell for these little guys. Fun to watch...only a couple eat at the same time; it's like they're taking turns at the nugget.

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Just thought I would say that they did not really like the bread, but they really seem to like the banana! :) First time I have seen them eat, though that doesn't necessarily mean they haven't eaten anything yet.

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  • 1 month later...

Here is an update for you guys, all 6 of my Chorisoneura are alive and well, I have been keeping 3 in their own containers, and 3 together, so far the communal setup is doing just as good as the separate setups are. And, one of them has matured!!!

Here are some pictures of the cute little guy:

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hisserdude, can you post an update on your Polyphaga saussurei either on here or on your blog? I have been lately addicted to them and saving my money to get a stater colony from Kyle. Hoping to get some soon!

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No problem! Just so you know, that species is parthenogenic, so you technically only need one to start a colony. I would get two, in case of a freak accident and one dies.

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Yeah, and the roaches themselves take years to reach maturity. I've had them for almost a year now, they came as small nymphs, but they still had grown quite a bit from hatchling size, they are still not even half grown yet!!

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Do you keep any other Polyphaga

Yeah, I also have P.aegyptiaca. The only species left in the hobby is P.obscura, but I can't find anyone in the US who sells them. :( Plus, I have my doubts whether they are truly obscura, they look identical to the P.saussurei in the hobby.

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The Polyphaga saussurei really caught my eye when I saw them on Kyle's website. I was so happy when I read they were a Non-climbing species because my mom made a rule that I can't have any climbing species because she's afraid of escapes.

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