Thursday, March 17, 2016

My Birthday Order Has Arrived!

My birthday order from Roachcrossing has arrived! All the roaches arrived safe and sound, and boy are they cool! I was able to snap pics of all the new species except my Paranauphoeta discoidalis, as soon as I put them in their cage they disappeared, evidently there are a lot of hiding spots in their cage. Anyway, lets talk about some of my new roaches!

First off, let's take a look at my new Tonkawa sand roaches, Arenivaga tonkawa. I have always wanted some Arenivaga, they are one of my favorite native genera, so I am very excited to have some! I am keeping them in a small container filled with dry coconut fiber, and there is a layer of dead leaves on top of that. Apparently Arenivaga breed best in smaller containers, a fact that I found interesting.

Here are some pictures of them!

Female nymph

Subadult male

These guys started eating as soon as I put food in their cage, and seem to be acclimating to their new digs very nicely! :)

I have loved having my Blaberus atropos and B."discoidalis", and decided to get yet another Blaberus. Blaberus sp. "Venezuela" stood out to me, I love their pronotum colors and width, and got a sexed pair of nymphs.

Here are some pictures of them:

I am really liking the genus Blaberus, and I am glad I have another species in my collection!

Now here come my favorite roaches from this order, and maybe even my favorite roaches in my whole collection, the roly-poly roach, Corydidarum pygmaea. These were a gift from my mom, and it's a species I've wanted forever!

This species, as it's name suggests, can roll up into a ball like the real roly-polys, Armadillidium sp. Nymphs and adult females are able to roll into balls, males however are winged and lack the ability to roll up.

Here are some pictures of the nymphs:

I really hope I can breed this species successfully, apparently people have trouble with males maturing and then dying way before the females do. I'll just have to see what happens I guess.

Anyway, that's gonna be it for today, I hope you guys enjoyed this post, and I'll see you all next time! :)

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