Chimera Posted December 30, 2017 Share Posted December 30, 2017 So I've been trying to settle on a species for my first roach colony, and I'm having difficulty deciding. I want a large, active species, and, if possible, a species where there is variety in markings or coloration within that species. For example, I'm strongly considering Elliptorhina javanica, because I've read that they can have red or black pronotums, with some roaches have a mix of both. I would like having a colony where they didn't all look like clones. I'm also drawn to hissers because I've heard they are more active and visible than other species. Is that true? I've also been looking at Blaberus craniifer, and am wondering if there is some variation among the pronotum markings? Is there is any other large, readily available species that might have some unique-looking individuals? Also, side question about E. javanica, is it possible to selectively breed them to produce nymphs with a specific feature? For example, a bright red pronotum? Would this be a fairly simple undertaking, or are roach genetics more complex than "put roaches with the feature that you want together"? Finally, if you have a species that you particularly love, but there is little or no variation in appearance, I would still love to hear about it! I just want to get as much feedback as possible. Thanks Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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