Sunday, November 29, 2020

Welcome Back, Asiablatta kyotensis!!!

Ty Schaben Order Pt. 5/8
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This is one of the last of the new additions to my collection from the big package me and Ty Randal received earlier this month, Asiablatta kyotensis, the Asian wood roach. This species used to be in the genus Parcoblatta, which they are quite similar to, however while Parcoblatta are restricted to North (and perhaps Central) America, these kyotensis are from, you guessed it, Asia... 😂 
This species has been in US culture before, but hasn't been cultured here in years. They are easy enough to keep and breed, similar to our native Parcoblatta, in fact I believe the main reason they died out here was because only a couple of people were ever interested in keeping them... 😅

I've got half a dozen small nymphs set up in a small, minimally ventilated container, with a thin layer of coconut fiber as the substrate, and eggcrate pieces and leaf litter for hides. I'm keeping them humid, and at around 70-72F°, (they'll breed at room temps). I'll be feeding them chick feed and fruits. 
Adults of both sexes are fully winged, with males being capable of flight. Adults can climb smooth surfaces, but thankfully nymphs can not, again, similar to Parcoblatta

Here are some pictures of an adult female and some larger nymphs:

A neat little species for sure, perhaps not one I'll breed myself long term, but I would like to breed them for at least a couple generations, get pictures of an adult male, hammer out a caresheet, etc., might even keep them for use as feeders down the line, should they do really well for me...

Anyways, that's gonna do it for this post, hope everyone enjoyed, thanks for reading, stay safe, and I'll see you all next time! 😉

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